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Old 08-29-2006, 07:07 PM   #1
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I have a weeping type leak where the sealant/mounting compound is loose around the lower water level sensor is installed. The material used to mount the sensor appears to be a wax type compound. I used silicone for a temporary fix last week, but the silicone does not make a permanent bond to the plastic tank. The dealer apprised me that the tank would have to be removed and a complete new tank installed. I have extended insurance coverage, but don't feel they should have to replace the tank because of a simple leak around a sensor. The sensor works fine. I've emailed Damon in hopes that they will have an alternative solution, but based on past email requests I'm not holding my breath. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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I have a weeping type leak where the sealant/mounting compound is loose around the lower water level sensor is installed. The material used to mount the sensor appears to be a wax type compound. I used silicone for a temporary fix last week, but the silicone does not make a permanent bond to the plastic tank. The dealer apprised me that the tank would have to be removed and a complete new tank installed. I have extended insurance coverage, but don't feel they should have to replace the tank because of a simple leak around a sensor. The sensor works fine. I've emailed Damon in hopes that they will have an alternative solution, but based on past email requests I'm not holding my breath. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:30 PM   #3
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I totally agree with you. It dosen't make any sense to have to replace the tank for a sensor. If your dealer is correct, it is one sorry design.

I suggest you check with other Damon service centers.
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You might try Lexel super elastomeric. I've used it for quite a few jobs that I thought were hopeless & its worked every time. Its not recommended for rubber roofs, but they claim it'll work on most plastics & stick to wet surfaces, its in a clear tube & its clear. You can find it at True Value hardware stores, about $10 a tube.
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Will try Lexel. Damon confirmed the tank would need replaced, unless I can find someone who can weld the plastic, or whatever the material is.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by hawg6:
Will try Lexel. Damon confirmed the tank would need replaced, unless I can find someone who can weld the plastic, or whatever the material is. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is the seal on the sensor bad or is the tank cracked? They replace sensors in the tanks all the time, when they corrode they replace them.

If the tank is defective and has started cracking then I would push for a free replacement of this defect in manufacturing. A 1 1/2 to 2 year old tank should not have gotten brittle and started cracking yet so something may have been off with the amount of heat setting or the formulation of the plastice when they made the tank.

You may consider removing the sensor, putting a boiler patch over the area and then install a replacement sensor a few inches over in a new location if all else fails.
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