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the very  bottom the right side of my 1998 rheemglas fury 41v50 GAS water heater , I see a drain plug leaking , is there anything I can do ?

so does this mean i have to replace the water heater ?
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If you can see that the drain plug can be removed (should look obvious by looking at it) you may be able to get a plumber to replace the drain plug.

However the heater is near 20 years old and it may anyway be time to replace it.
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this is what I see , it looks like it is the cheapest kind of drain plug possible , not sure it can be replaced

thinking just replace the whole thing

the drian plug ,
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the house was built bu Trump in 1998 , so I am sure he used the cheapest contractors and cheapest parts ,
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more info
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It is a plastic (thermoplastic compound) plug and the tank is metal. So it likely can be replaced. But the cost of a plumber to do that will go a long way to replacing a very old tank. It is gas so you need licensed plumbers / fitters to service it in the event something goes wrong.
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That does not help a lot. Drain plugs can change so a plumber may use a different plug so long as the threads fit.
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ok thanks going with the whole unit replacement ,

I really appricate the help
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Agreed with John.  

Its threaded, they sell replacements.  

Also..  Considering that ten years is the life expectancy of most water heaters, be prepared to buy another even if you patch this one.

It doesn't sound like he used the cheapest items to me.
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