Bradford White leaks from silver leg on top

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by 72lemanscvbl, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. 72lemanscvbl

    72lemanscvbl DAVE

    Messages:
    9
    Location:
    Omaha
    I have a Bradford White gas water heater that just sprung a leak from the front right silver leg of that "chimney?" on top of the unit pictured. I shut off the white valve pictured which runs the hot to the house, and then drained water from the bottom drain to reduce pressure. The leaking water was luke warm, and the water coming out the bottom to relieve pressure is cold. I turned down the temper to "vacation." I've now closed the bottom relief valve and no more water comes up, but if I open the white one again, water comes from that same spot.

    Can anyone just give me an idea of what to expect or if this is any self repair opportunity. I've sweated copper, doing a full bathroom, but no water heater experience or knowledge.

    Naturally its the 4th of July and I have people coming over in 10 minutes, anxious kids, Ribs and chicken on the smoker and pastrami in the oven. Happy 4th and thanks for answering my first post. By the way, its rusty on the top, but not "rusted through" rusty. There are 4 of those "legs" and water only seems to come from that one on the right.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

    Messages:
    1,143
    Location:
    South*East
    The heater needs to be replaced. The tank is leaking and the water is finding it's way out through the hole in the outer jacket for the smoke hood.

    John
  3. 72lemanscvbl

    72lemanscvbl DAVE

    Messages:
    9
    Location:
    Omaha
    Thanks for the quick reply. We've thougth tankless might make sense should this ever happened but not researched it yet...and not a lot of time. Where would any of you start with looking at tankless features/benefits/brands? Thanks
    Dave
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Messages:
    8,997
    Location:
    San Diego
    The installation of a tankless will be quite an expense, since the entire flue pipe has to be replaced with stainless steel, and very likely a new, larger , gas supply pipe will be necessary.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Messages:
    7,339
    Location:
    Yakima WA
    The supporters of the tankless claim they are wonderful, but the arguments against them are IMHO very compelling. As Jimbo suggests, a larger gas supply will be required as well as a new stainless steel flue. The heater itself is very expensive compared to a conventional tank, and the installation is also costly. They require frequent cleaning and it is often difficult to find a good serviceman. If you are in the north or anywhere that has very cold water, you will have problems. I would urge you to consider very carefully both sides of this issue. Don't just listen to the sales hype.
  6. 72lemanscvbl

    72lemanscvbl DAVE

    Messages:
    9
    Location:
    Omaha
    Thanks guys so much. I hadn't done any research yet so you've probably steered me back toward conventional. Like I said, this happened an hour before guests, and about 14 hours before a weeks vacation, so at least it didn't do this while we were gone.
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Messages:
    21,948
    Location:
    New England
    Unless you have had a lot of rain that might have found its way down your flue pipe, water there indicates either that the flue gases are condensing, and dripping down there, or more likely, the tank is leaking. The flue cap on the WH is only clipped onto the shell of the WH, it does not penetrate into the water vessel.
Similar Threads: Bradford White
Forum Title Date
Water Heater Forum, Tanks Review of Bradford White 40 Gallon Natural Gas M140T6FBN-337 Jun 16, 2014
Water Heater Forum, Tanks What's better than a Bradford White dual outlet (radiant and domestic) gas heater? Jun 13, 2014
Water Heater Forum, Tanks Actual costs for Bradford White water heaters? Jun 13, 2014
Water Heater Forum, Tanks Bradford White CombiCore - would you do it again? Jun 3, 2014
Water Heater Forum, Tanks BradfordWhite elec not so hot anymore May 16, 2014

Share This Page