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    Question on plumbing

    I have a small, but signifcant, amount of water near my water heater and furnace. I can't really see where anything is leaking, is there something I should check before calling a plumber?



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Make sure your drain tube from your furnace isnt plugged. That or your water heater has sprung a leak.


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    Re: Question on plumbing

    you should check the under side of the water heater for rust and if it looks like it is starting to leak from your water heater get a new one sooner then later cuz i have seen them give out and its not pretty...i cant really think of anything else maybe the relief valve on the water heater sometimes those start to leak



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Make sure your drain tube from your furnace isnt plugged. That or your water heater has sprung a leak.
    i wouldnt think it is the drain on the furnace cuz it is freezing outside and you wouldnt be running the AC but i could be wrong



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry4Cy View Post
    i wouldnt think it is the drain on the furnace cuz it is freezing outside and you wouldnt be running the AC but i could be wrong
    Some furnaces have condensation tubes.


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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Some furnaces have condensation tubes.
    yeah but the evaporater only condensates when your are running the AC



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry4Cy View Post
    yeah but the evaporater only condensates when your are running the AC
    yes I know. I dont know where it comes from but some furnaces drip a little water. Why I dont know but they do.


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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ry4Cy View Post
    you should check the under side of the water heater for rust and if it looks like it is starting to leak from your water heater get a new one sooner then later cuz i have seen them give out and its not pretty...i cant really think of anything else maybe the relief valve on the water heater sometimes those start to leak

    The water heater is pretty new, less than 5 years old, I think (I just bought the place last year).

    When I moved in the owners mentioned that there was a small leak that they didn't notice until they were packing up. I never had anyone look at it because I never saw any water.

    I did move a card table out of that corner of the basement and could have bumped something doing that.

    Where exactly would I look for something leaking with the furnace?



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by jsb View Post
    The water heater is pretty new, less than 5 years old, I think (I just bought the place last year).

    When I moved in the owners mentioned that there was a small leak that they didn't notice until they were packing up. I never had anyone look at it because I never saw any water.

    I did move a card table out of that corner of the basement and could have bumped something doing that.

    Where exactly would I look for something leaking with the furnace?
    The only place would be if there is a pipe attached to it going to a drain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    yes I know. I dont know where it comes from but some furnaces drip a little water. Why I dont know but they do.
    They shouldnt if you dont have the air conditioning on...i do HVAC for a living



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by jsb View Post
    The water heater is pretty new, less than 5 years old, I think (I just bought the place last year).

    When I moved in the owners mentioned that there was a small leak that they didn't notice until they were packing up. I never had anyone look at it because I never saw any water.

    I did move a card table out of that corner of the basement and could have bumped something doing that.

    Where exactly would I look for something leaking with the furnace?
    I have seen water heaters go bad in 5 years some of the cheaper ones but i have also seen them go 10 15 years they can be unpredictible



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    sounds like water heater is failing to me - check the tag on it, Home Depot warranties for 5, 7 & 9 years depending on the model.

    in my experience, it seems water heaters don't have the "extended life" you can push out of a lot of other appliances.

    if its near a floor drain and your basement isn't finished you could wait it out ... otherwise I'd make sure its coming from the water heater, then budget for a new one.



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ry4Cy View Post
    They shouldnt if you dont have the air conditioning on...i do HVAC for a living
    Then why in my shop do I have to have a bucket under a drain pipe on a furnance only system, and have to dump it from time to time. Why when getting bids on a new furance do I have to have a drain for the heat and AC. Both guys that have bid it made a point to tell me I need a drain for heat as well as AC.


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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    sounds like water heater is failing to me - check the tag on it, Home Depot warranties for 5, 7 & 9 years depending on the model.

    in my experience, it seems water heaters don't have the "extended life" you can push out of a lot of other appliances.

    if its near a floor drain and your basement isn't finished you could wait it out ... otherwise I'd make sure its coming from the water heater, then budget for a new one.
    I am pretty sure the thing is still under warrenty. These people didn't spare much expense when putting stuff in.

    It's in the unfinished part of the basement. I'll see what it looks like tomorrow and go from there.



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    Re: Question on plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    sounds like water heater is failing to me - check the tag on it, Home Depot warranties for 5, 7 & 9 years depending on the model.

    in my experience, it seems water heaters don't have the "extended life" you can push out of a lot of other appliances.

    if its near a floor drain and your basement isn't finished you could wait it out ... otherwise I'd make sure its coming from the water heater, then budget for a new one.
    or if you have kids..its not worth the risk cuz sometimes it will just dump all at once unexpected and if kids are standing by it it could burn them



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