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Water heater got wet

flooded water heater
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Flooded water heater should be replaced:

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Flooded water water heater

If the tank is leaking: troubleshoot leaking water heater

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Leaking water water heater
Wet electric water heater

Ordinary electric water heater that got wet is probably OK.

Do not touch water heater that is wet or was wet. Turn off breaker. Remove covers. Let dry out.
If insulation is VERY wet it must dry out before service is resumed... otherwise trapped moisture creates problems such as corroded electrical connections at thermostats and elements.

Check wiring connection at top... open cover on top of heater. Sponge up water. Let dry out.
If the leak has been going on for a while, then take apart electric wires and clean wire ends, and install new twist wire connection. Do not re-use old connections for any electrical application, water heater or elsewhere.

Remove covers on side of tank: check bare wires attached to thermostats and elements. Let dry out
Check that insulation covering thermostats is not wet... this insulation must be dry or water heater will short out.
If insulation over thermostats IS WET, then replace with pink insulation, and let the other insulation dry.
Make sure red reset button is pushed in.

Make sure the tank is full of water before applying power.
Make sure the tank is grounded and wire connections at top are completely dry.

Turn breaker fully off and then fully on.
If breaker trips, then there is a short circuit.
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Water heater is tripping breaker
How to troubleshoot electric water heater
flooded water heater

Ordinary atmospheric-vented gas water heater (with old-style gas control) is probably OK

Atmospheric vent has no blower and is vented through roof of structure
Fix leak
Check inside main burner for excessive rust
Make sure flame is burning clear blue
Make sure gas control valve is not rusted and frozen

Let gas control dry naturally... do not take apart of remove gas control valve thermostat

If leak has been occuring for a long time, then check pipes, vent and gas control valve.

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How to troubleshoot gas water heater
How to replace gas control thermostat
flooded water heater

Atmospheric-vented gas water heater (with electronic gas control) is probably OK

Atmospheric vent has no blower and is vented through roof of structure
Fix leak
Check inside main burner for excessive rust
Make sure flame is burning clear blue
Inspect gas control valve.

Let gas control dry

If leak has been happeing a long time, the check pipes, vent and gas control valve.

Resource:
How to troubleshoot gas water heater
How to replace gas control thermostat
wet water heater

Power-vent or flue-damper gas water heater (with electronic gas control and 120 volt outlet ) is maybe OK

Do not touch water heater that is wet or was wet.
Water heater with blower or power vent that is vented through roof or side wall of structure.
Unplug heater. Disconnect power.
Fix leak.

Plug water heater in. Check manual for recycling procedure after power loss.
Make sure flame is burning clear blue
Inspect gas control valve.
Check inside main burner for excessive rust

Let gas control dry.
If leak has been occuring for a long time, then check pipes, vent and gas control valve.
Do not place water heater usder pipes that drip with condensation... insulate pipes

Outlet should be dedicated circuit. Must be properly grounded.
Do not use extension cord. Recommend GFCI and surge protection.
The closer the surge protection is located to water heater, the greater measure of protection.

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How to troubleshoot gas water heater
How to replace gas control thermostat

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