Sponsored by Winnebago Industries

Author Topic: ATWOOD water heater  (Read 452 times)

Paraf

  • ---
  • Posts: 19
ATWOOD water heater
« on: August 23, 2017, 04:34:59 PM »
My 2007 Aspect 26A ATWOOD water heater has developed a leak at the cold water intake. From what I can tell (without taking it out) the leak is right flush at the tank/protruding connector joint which looks like its welded there. Its a slow leak but dripping on wood! :'(
The model is GCH6A-10E 6 gal / part # 96159-529273.
I found a tank replacement part number #91053 but not sure if correct.

Has anyone had a similar leak?
can the joint be re welded?
Any miracle cure welcome  :P

Thanks
Andre ----
Winnebago Aspect 2007 WF726A

SeilerBird

  • ---
  • Posts: 11009
  • Everything I state is my opinion.
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 05:08:09 PM »
I just replaced my water heater. I asked my mechanic about just replacing the tank. He would not do it. The labor to do it makes it just as cheap to replace the whole thing and a lot safer.
I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient and I will get to you shortly.
My new Pixel camera:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rMSw5eVkCfKuuEOP2
My portfolio:
https://goo.gl/photos/Cx4SaYhGfYFShSty7
My Grand Canyon shots:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nc1AT8tQp25wJwfm1

Rene T

  • ---
  • Posts: 10175
  • Great being on the right side of the grass
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 06:59:39 PM »
My 2007 Aspect 26A ATWOOD water heater has developed a leak at the cold water intake. From what I can tell (without taking it out) the leak is right flush at the tank/protruding connector joint which looks like its welded there. Its a slow leak but dripping on wood! :'(
The model is GCH6A-10E 6 gal / part # 96159-529273.
I found a tank replacement part number #91053 but not sure if correct.

Has anyone had a similar leak?
can the joint be re welded?
Any miracle cure welcome  :P

Thanks

If it is that joint welded boss, you most certainly can get it welded. It shouldn't cost much. Probably $20.00. Just guessing.
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
AKA  Pep N Mem
2011 Chevy Duramax 2500 HD 4X4
2011 Montana High Country 343RL
From the Granite State of NH
& Florida Snowbird in Lakeland FL

8Muddypaws

  • ---
  • Posts: 2288
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 07:20:52 PM »
But again, the labor it takes to remove the water heater and strip it down to the tank might make it more expensive than it's worth.

By chance has someone put a brass plug on the Tank drain? Or put an anode rod in it?  If so it's probably a better idea to replace the tank or the whole water heater because doing either of those sets up electrolysis that can erode the tank from the inside out.



« Last Edit: August 24, 2017, 06:16:58 PM by 8Muddypaws »
Retired computer professional
Musician, songwriter and music director
2006 Bounder 34H, 2008 CR-V Toad

John Canfield

  • Forum Staff
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 11941
    • Jane and John's Internet Home
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 08:19:37 AM »
Your water heater is 10 years old, it makes little sense to me to patch it up, a new one is under $500.
--John
2005 Horizon 40AD, 2006 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited
Our Horizon projects
Our weather

Gary RV_Wizard

  • Forum Staff
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 61049
  • RVer Emeritus
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 10:03:27 AM »
The threaded inlet is in a "boss" that is welded into the tank wall, but leaks in the inlet itself are extremely rare. More likely the fitting that screws into the inlet is what is leaking, but anything is possible. Is there a way to get at it from the inside of the RV to further inspect and repair??  Maybe even cut a hole in the back of a cabinet or whatever?

As others mentioned, if you cannot fix it in place, most of the effort to fix it is remove & replace (R&R).  There are places that can weld the tank if it is cracked, perhaps inexpensively, or there are replacement tanks available. However, if you cannot do the R&R yourself, it is going to be expensive.
Gary
--------------
Gary Brinck
Summers: Black Mountain, NC
Home: Ocala National Forest, FL

boatbuilder

  • ---
  • Posts: 1122
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2017, 10:10:15 AM »
If the joint is easily accessible it may be worth a try to clean and sand it and try some JB Weld or MarineTex on it before going to the trouble to remove it. Not sure of JB Weld's temperature rating but I know MarineTex will hold up to the water jacket on a diesel engine.
Charlie

keith c

  • ---
  • Posts: 96
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 12:48:07 PM »
What Gary said.  My Atwood water heater developed a leak on the outlet side.  I had to unscrew the plastic fitting, remove the old pipe sealant, apply new sealant and screw the fitting back in.  That took care of the leak.  Of course inlet side developed a leak few months later.  The sealant hardens overtime and can develop leaks.
Keith C
2017 Ford F150 3.5L Ecoboost w/ Max Trailer Tow
2013 Jayco Eagle 304BHS
320 Watts of Solar
Michigan

Paraf

  • ---
  • Posts: 19
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2017, 11:47:12 AM »
UPDATE
Thank you for all the suggestions.
I decided to try JB-Weld's MarineWeld as a temporary fix. It is holding so far & hopefully will last the rest of the season. I will then replace the whole water heater as its bound to restart its leak.
Safe travel & thanks again.
Andre ----
Winnebago Aspect 2007 WF726A

Rene T

  • ---
  • Posts: 10175
  • Great being on the right side of the grass
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 11:53:44 AM »
UPDATE
Thank you for all the suggestions.
I decided to try JB-Weld's MarineWeld as a temporary fix. It is holding so far & hopefully will last the rest of the season. I will then replace the whole water heater as its bound to restart its leak.
Safe travel & thanks again.

We're you able to figure out exactly where the leak was?  The welded boss or the fitting that screws into the boss?
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
AKA  Pep N Mem
2011 Chevy Duramax 2500 HD 4X4
2011 Montana High Country 343RL
From the Granite State of NH
& Florida Snowbird in Lakeland FL

Paraf

  • ---
  • Posts: 19
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2017, 03:35:12 PM »
The leak was/is at the welded boss - just on the edge of the weld tank side.
The weld looks perfect but you could see the water leaking especially when the tank is hot.
Maybe years of vibrations >:(
Andre ----
Winnebago Aspect 2007 WF726A

mel s

  • ---
  • Posts: 361
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 09:35:30 AM »
The threaded inlet is in a "boss" that is welded into the tank wall, but leaks in the inlet itself are extremely rare. More likely the fitting that screws into the inlet is what is leaking, but anything is possible. Is there a way to get at it from the inside of the RV to further inspect and repair??  Maybe even cut a hole in the back of a cabinet or whatever?
I agree..
IMO the first thing the OP should do is determine exactly where the leak is coming from.

Paraf

  • ---
  • Posts: 19
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 10:20:52 AM »
Let me try again - the leak is a failed weld - NOT at any screw in fittings.
The inlet boss is welded to the tank and it has developed a leak AT THE WELD.
Confirmed visually & with a talcum powder test (dry area, put talc on & see which area gets wet first.)
Case closed  :)



 
Andre ----
Winnebago Aspect 2007 WF726A

8Muddypaws

  • ---
  • Posts: 2288
Re: ATWOOD water heater
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 12:53:30 PM »
I have confirmed with Johnson & Johnson (My old employer) that it is safe to use talcum powder on this type of plumbing.   ;D
Retired computer professional
Musician, songwriter and music director
2006 Bounder 34H, 2008 CR-V Toad

 

Hosted by Over The Network