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How to Fix a Leaking Rheem Water Heater from the Bottom?


James Thompson, Water Heater Repair Expert

If you have a Rheem water heater that is leaking from the bottom, it is important to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage. Here are some steps you can take to fix the problem:

  1. Turn off the power supply to the water heater by switching off the circuit breaker.
  2. Shut off the water supply to the heater by closing the cold water inlet valve.
  3. Drain the water heater by attaching a hose to the drain valve and directing it to a suitable drainage area.
  4. Inspect the drain valve and the temperature and pressure relief valve for any signs of leakage or damage. Replace them if necessary.
  5. Check the heating element gasket and replace it if it is worn out or damaged.
  6. Inspect the tank for any cracks or corrosion. If found, it may be necessary to replace the water heater.
  7. Once the necessary repairs or replacements have been made, refill the tank and restore power to the water heater.

If you are unsure about performing these steps or if the issue persists, it is recommended to seek professional assistance. The specialists at 5 Star Best Plumbing are experienced in water heater repair and can help resolve any plumbing issues you may have.

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