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My Bosch 17e heater is leaking.It appears to be leaking

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My Bosch 17e heater...

My Bosch 17e heater is leaking.It appears to be leaking around the seal at the bottom of the large brass box at the top of the heater(I think it is the heat exchanger) Can I replace a seal?

Contractor's Assistant: Can you guesstimate how old your Bosch is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?

Purchased 18/3/08 Model 17E

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

IT WOULD BE MY PREFERENCE

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

The water connections appear as though they may need a special tool.Is that so?

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Appliance
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Appliance Technician: Phil, Shop owner replied 9 months ago
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Hello, use the 'add files' link next to your send button to send me two pictures... one close up of the leak area, and the other taken from 5 feet away so that I can see the leak area in context with the rest of the machine.

click here please, tell me if this looks like the manual for your unit or not.

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We can go from there.

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Appliance Technician: Phil, Shop owner replied 9 months ago

Thanks, ***** ***** either water from a leak in one of the condenser tubes... in which case keep an eye on it, if it gets worse, we know its a leak.

OR... it is condensate caused by the products of conduction condensing on the heat exchanger tubes... in which case it should be occasional, not constant.

The life span of these units is about 10 years on average. keep that in mind before getting involved with any extensive repairs.

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We can go from here without any time limits.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Ir's not condensation...the leak stops when the water is turned off. Thank you for your help. Please refund $5 as promised in the initial set up.
Appliance Technician: Phil, Shop owner replied 9 months ago

Hello again, to be clear I said it was a leak in the heat exchanger... OR.... condensation. and I told you why in detail and exactly how to tell which it was... Did you not see that?

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I will put in your refund request regardless

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