Leaking Pensacola Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Gas Water Heater Repair Pensacola, Water Heater Repair Pensacola

The pressure relief valve of a water heater has an essential task – ensuring the water heater tank does not blow up. So with that in mind, we wish to make certain homeowners are aware of the best ways to best care for it. They will leak when the valve wears out or when the water storage tank pressure gets higher then the relief point.Hot Water Heater Repair Pensacola

We advise that a minimum of two times a year, homeowners test to ensure the pressure relief valve, or T&P valve as we will call it, is working effectively. All one needs to do is raise the handle for a few seconds and let go of it. It ought to snap back to its original position. When it is raised, one could hear the noise of pressure being released , just like the sound of air coming out of a tire pump when being disconnected. Likewise, a little water might come out also. Both are typical. If the valve has not been tested for a number of years, it may stick at first too.

However, if the handle doesn’t snap back, or if it continues to leak some water, that is not typical. If it still leakages some, raise the handle a few more times to see if it does re-seat itself. You could wish to wait a day or so it see if it re-seats itself before assuming it needs to be changed.

We would prefer to deal with any T&P valve replacements for you, so though water heaters are normally fairly upkeep free, there are some safety preventative measures one need to be mindful of. With that in mind here is a summary of a pressure relief valve replacement.

1. The gas to the water heater has to be shut off, or the breaker for an electrical water heater.
2. The cold water cut-off valve needs to be closed next.
3. The valve below the T&P valve needs to be opened to drain some water in order to relieve some of the pressure in the storage tank.
4. The overflow pipe of the T&P valve has to be taken off. It may need to be cut off if it is soldered or firmly glued.
5. The pressure relief valve needs to be unscrewed with a pipe wrench.
6. Wrap the brand-new T&P valve with Teflon tape and screw it back in place. Make sure the overflow pipe opening is positioned away from the storage tank.
7. Reattach the drain pipe, likewise using brand-new Teflon tape.
8. Turn the water back on, and analyze your work for any leakages.

The following video offers a summary of this process: