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Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,582 Admiral
My six year old water heater has a tiny leak. The leak looked like it was coming from the bottom element and it's very rusty around the element. I was able to get the old element off and and new one installed. After cleaning everything off as well as possible I still see a very small trickle of water coming from what I believe is a weld joint, so I'm going to have to replace the unit. A plumber exchanged our last water heater as I was out of town. Previously we had all copper tubing connecting the water heater, but he converted everything to pvc. Can someone tell me if the metal fittings, in the photo below, will turn freely in order to swap out the water heaters or if I will have to cut the pvc and install new fittings?

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  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 3,937 Captain
    You will have to cut them. That is cpvc pipe, not pvc. It takes a different type of glue. DO NOT let the Lowes/HD guy talk you into the glue that "works" on everything. Buy Flo Guard Gold glue. It's In a half pint can. If you water heater is less than a year old, it should be covered under warranty 100% parts and labor if you had a licensed contractor install it. If it's over a year, the heater itself should be covered by warrant less labor for six years. If you bought it at HD or Lowes, check with them before you get a new one to see how they handle warranty claims. If your plumber installed it, he should come out and change it, and charge you only labor (or nothing if it less than a year). He does NOT have to pay for a new heater and then wait to get reimbursed, he simply takes the sticker off the heater to his supplier, who will immediately credit him for the replacement he installs for you. The heater companies are real good about replacing defective ones for free.

    OK, just reread and saw it was not new. It's a pretty easy fix, just get new fittings for whatever you change out, and use cpvc pipe and glue.
  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,582 Admiral
    Pottydoc, thank you, that is the info I was looking for. Any particular brand of water heater you would prefer over another? Looking at a standard 50 gallon electric that sits in our garage.
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  • 12bhunting12bhunting Posts: 291 Deckhand
    It's an easy fix, but he has the fittings positioned in a way that will make this slightly difficult to piece back together using 3/4" couplings. You could always cut the lines back. Then install a cpvc 3/4" slip to 3/4" threaded male connector. Then just purchase three 3/4" braided supply lines. They also make shark bite quick connects that would eliminate using glue.
  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,582 Admiral
    12bhunting wrote: »
    It's an easy fix, but he has the fittings positioned in a way that will make this slightly difficult to piece back together using 3/4" couplings. You could always cut the lines back. Then install a cpvc 3/4" slip to 3/4" threaded male connector. Then just purchase three 3/4" braided supply lines. They also make shark bite quick connects that would eliminate using glue.

    I was looking at the Sharkbite connectors thinking those would make my life simple, but costing a few more dollars. Thanks for the input.
    Always Do Sober What You Said You'd Do Drunk. That Will Teach You To Keep Your Mouth Shut. - Ernest Hemingway
  • NoeetticaNoeettica Posts: 2,300 Captain
    That T & P aint code ! :-(
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  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 7,685 Admiral
    Who Cares...
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  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 3,937 Captain
    Tarpon65 wrote: »
    Pottydoc, thank you, that is the info I was looking for. Any particular brand of water heater you would prefer over another? Looking at a standard 50 gallon electric that sits in our garage.
    I like Rheem, but there all pretty good. The shark bites and braided hoses work fine, also.
  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 3,937 Captain
    Noeettica wrote: »
    That T & P aint code ! :-(
    I didn't figure he needed to worry about that. Heck, there's still quite a few of them installed with a 3/4x3/8 compression fitting screwed in them, and a 3/8 line ran outside.
  • HeatwaveHeatwave Posts: 1,997 Captain
    Tarpon65 wrote: »
    I was looking at the Sharkbite connectors thinking those would make my life simple, but costing a few more dollars. Thanks for the input.

    I used them on copper, worked well.
  • pottydocpottydoc The thriving metropolis of Umatilla Posts: 3,937 Captain
    they work well on any tube size pipe. Copper, cpvc, pex, or poly.
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 7,312 Admiral
    I used them on copper the Lowes brand whatever type they sell. They are sure a lot easier then trying to solder the pipes when the joint is upside down.
  • Fish HaidFish Haid Posts: 8,417 Admiral
    LOL! Hot water! You guys are so spoiled.
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  • Gary SGary S Posts: 2,136 Captain
    Fish Haid wrote: »
    LOL! Hot water! You guys are so spoiled.
    I got a indoor toilet too.
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 5,981 Admiral
    Must be the season for water heaters mine crapped out this past weekend too. I have some crappy poly tubing that attaches to the cold water side. After tightening it, it still has a slight drip. :( going to have to try it again. :(
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