I travel quite a bit and so leave my water heater breaker off - as I travel for extended periods (months). In the past I used to leave the main water valve (near the meter) on - and would turn off individual shut off valves to the toilets, under the sinks etc...
during my last travel someone looking after the property decided to turn off the main and left the circuit breaker on. A few days later I had damage to the ceiling and laminate flooring. so I guesses with cold water off the pressure may have built up and that's why it leaked (circuit was on).
So I experimented again and earlier today (Oct 17 2014) I turned off the water and the circuit breaker and within an hour water was overflowing from the catch pan - so it looks like the drain connection from the pan is also clogged.
But more importantly why does the tank leak only when the main is off - i have been in the condo for two weeks now and the pan has been dry.
What causes the tank to leak under these circumstances? Do I need to replace it? Mfg date is: 01/2006 installed in FL state. 50 Gal rheem.
any advice feedback would be appreciated.