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Old 04-17-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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Hot Water creates leak

Thanks in advance for help with this problem. When I turn the elec on for water heater, as the water gets very hot (I mean scalding hot) a leak develops in a water line under the kitchen cabinet. It is an Atwood 10 gallon heater. I'm guessing that the water line/fittings cannot contain the pressure as the temp increases. The WH manual says the temp is factory set and not adjustable. Does anyone know of a workaround to lower the temp setting...we don't really need scalding hot water and the leak is worrisome. I don't really want to have to tear out the inside of the kitchen base cabinet to try to find the leaking fitting (assuming it is a fitting and not the line itself). We've been turning off the elec when the water gets warm to avoid the leak, but it would be nice to find a balance between hot water and leaking water and have somewhat hotter water. Before anyone asks, I don't know if the leak occurs when we use gas for heating water as we have never used the gas; only elec.
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Water temperature will be increased if the thermostat pulls away from the tank surface. It must be tight against the tank to be accurate. If it is now tight against the tank it may require replacement. Non-adjustable are preset for 130*F.
Atwood has an adjustable thermostat-65421. Suburban does not, so far as I know.
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Thanks for the info, Ray. I'll check if the 'stat is tight against the tank and report back when I go back to the storage lot.
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Why not replace the fitting that leaks? It should easily handle 130 degree water unless somebody substituted a cold water only fitting on a hot line. CPVC, Pex, etc. lines and fittings are usually rated for 180 degrees. Your heater Emergency Cutoff (ECO) would have shut the heater off if the water got that hot.

Have you measured the temperature at the faucet? Anything close to 130 will be "scalding" to human senses, but few RVs actually deliver water that hot unless the heater tank is very close to the faucet. A thermometer in a glass with the hot water running into the glass will give a pretty accurate reading.
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Good things to check, Gary. The leak is under the cabinet and I'll have to tear out the floor of the cabinet to get to it so I hope it won't come to that. I haven't checked the temp of the water, but it is really hot; I'll check the temp.
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The leak is under the cabinet and I'll have to tear out the floor of the cabinet to get to it so I hope it won't come to that.
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I have found that water leaks do NOT get better over time...(only WORSE).
Find and repair/replace the leaking fitting or water line!

Adjusting the water temperature to stop a leak is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg.

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