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    Default Kenmore Limited Edition 10 Gas Water Heater Leaking From Bottom

    Model Number: 153.334476
    Brand: Sears Kenmore
    Age: 6-10 years

    Just walked in the kitchen and found a puddle underneath the hot water heater. Looks like it's probably dead and needs to be replaced. Found on the bottom where it's leaking (just dripping now), so put a cooking tray there to collect the water. What's the best way to prevent the leak from becoming a larger issue? Should I turn it off? Turn it off and use up all the hot water to try and empty the tank? Thanks!
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    Mr. icehouse is the hot water heater guru but I'm pretty sure there is a hose connection on the bottom for draining it. The best way to prevent the leak from becomming a larger issue is to replace the unit as soon as possible. I understand AO Smith is a good one.
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    Thanks. I didn't see anything along the bottom. Just one closer to the top by the temperature/pressure relief valve. Hmmmm... We ended up putting a cookie tray under where it's dripping. That at least stopped the water from getting all over the floor. Just need to empty the tray every 4 hours or so. Last night drained it at midnight, then woke up at 4 to empty it again before doing so again this morning. Luckily my wife only has to work from 9-12 today, so she can keep emptying it until the plumber comes this evening.

    I also wanted to turn it off, but couldn't get the gas switch into the off position. I can turn it to the 'pilot' position, but not to the 'off' position. Oh well. Hopefully everything works out until this evening. Thanks again!

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    http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...dMod=153334476


    #4 is the drain valve you need to connect a garden hose to this. Shut off cold water inlet, open drain, open hot water faucet on sink or tub furthest from heater (speeds up the empting).
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    Hmmm. So it looks like the drain is just above the temperature controls know, right? Thanks. Will give this a shot when I get home.

    Thanks for the tip about a replacement. Will talk to my plumber and make sure he's replacing mine with one of these units (you're saying that A.O. Smith and all these other ones are comparable since they're owned by A.O. Smith, right?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hadoob024 View Post
    Hmmm. So it looks like the drain is just above the temperature controls know, right? Thanks. Will give this a shot when I get home.

    Thanks for the tip about a replacement. Will talk to my plumber and make sure he's replacing mine with one of these units (you're saying that A.O. Smith and all these other ones are comparable since they're owned by A.O. Smith, right?).
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    Sweeeet! I'm learning. Last night I was calling the various parts "thingamajig" and "that-thingie" and "that hole".

    By the way, what are your thoughts on GE water heaters? A friend mentioned it.
    Last edited by hadoob024; July 18th, 2011 at 12:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadoob024 View Post
    Sweeeet! I'm learning. Last night I was calling the various parts "thingamajig" and "that-thingie" and "that hole".

    By the way, what are your thoughts on GE water heaters? A friend mentioned it.
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