hot water heater
Have you verified that it's not just the pressure relief valve? That would be a simpler, cheaper fix. And is more probable after only 2-1/2 years.
If you do replace the unit yourself, be gentle with the new one. Don't scrape, scratch, and bang it around. And if it's in the crawl space don't place it on dirt - put some treated wood under it. And put an extension on the pressure relief valve so that any water coming out doesn't wet the outside of the unit or splash water and/or mud on it. All this is to prevent it from rusting and to keep the insulation dry on the inside.
[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 22, 2001).]
As far as the seller being out of business, the manufacturer should still honor ther warranty.
(THANKS FOR ALL YOUR REPLIES SO FAR.. JK
Since it's not leaking around the valve or faucet, it's likely the tank leaking. That means replacement.