I have a 3yr old electric heater that appears to be leaking from connector of the heater and the pipe which carries hot water to the rest of the house. I removed the copper pipe and connection from the HWH as I saw water drip from it. it appears that at the least the gasket is shot. there is not tape on the threads, so that may have helped the problem as well. I am not a plumber, but i am handy. my theory is that I can re-tape the threads, insert a red hose gasket into the pipe, and that should fix it up. any holes in this theory? feel free to fire away as long as you have a useful alternative answer! thanks!