So not 1 hour goes by before I introduce myself (http://www.troublefreepool.com/99ways-t9063.html), and here I am already, asking for your help and experienced opinions.
We bought the house/pool in early spring, and after opening the pool early summer I did not use the heater at all. Then water warmed up (with help of solar cover) and I didn't even cast a shadow over that contraption.
Two days ago I noticed water slowely dripping from the corner of the heater.....I knew it was trouble.
The heater in Q is a Hayward H-300, natural gas. I managed to make the sticker soemwhat readible ... and there seems to be a date on it - it reads: 1994.
So far (that I can see) the leak doesn't impact the entire system much. It slowely leaks, and once the pump is turned off I can hear a slight gargling inside the heater.
I will bypass it today, after work (fab a new pipe line, to eliminate the heater) as we don't really need it right now.
...so I ask you guys, is this (whatever it could be) fixable?
Should I attempt to try and take it apart and see what gave, then possibly repair?
Should I give it a proper burial ceremony and buy (or not) a new one?
Pix 1: gives you somewhat of an idea on the condition of this heater (top removed; rust spots everywhere inside)
Pix 2: bottom front, where the leak comes from (as far as I could peak in there (with a flashlight) I can not see a drip, or where the water is comming from, exactly)
Pix 3: red arrow points to where the leak is comming from; green arrow show the flow
Pix 4: equipment layout -reference pix
...any and all advice greatly appreciated.