Question about Rheem Water Heaters
Tried to remove plastic drain valve with wrench. Valve and valve stem turned and turned but does not advance outwards. Want to replace drain valve with ball valve but can't get old valve out.
Chisel out with big screwdriver and/or 7/8" hole saw.
Best way to force purchase of new heater is by replacing drain valve.
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Posted on Dec 05, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Posted on Dec 17, 2008
The "sacrificial rod" is actually there to prevent the heating elements from being eaten away. by electrolysis. If the deposits in the bottom of the tank are simply from sediment from your water, the tank may be fine. You won't know though until you get the tank drained and inspect the elements. The drain valve screws in just like any other piece of pipe if that helps you get it drained, or a piece of wire through the valve may work but you might damage the rubber washer in the valve. Once drained, and the element removed, inspect the element. There should not be any fissures in the element if you have an otherwise healthy tank. visible blowout usually means the rod has failed.
The presence of heavy deposits indicates hard water, which results in shortened tank life.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
If your water heater is 10 years old or more, it's much better to replace the entire thing before you start having additional problems with it. You MAY be able to drain your water heater and replace the valve with something more reliable, but, as I've said... if your water heater is old, this is just the 1st thing to go wrong. More will follow.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
SOURCE: Rheem hot water heater
Check the relief valve,drain and element's,water lines to make sure that they are not the source of the leak. If the tank is leaking you may be able to fix it for now.
The tank depending on condition of the tank if it is pretty sound. Clean up the area of the hole with sand paper. Go to any hardware store and get a JB Weld two part kit. JB Weld will fix almost anything . You can go to www.jbweldit.com for more information about this product. I wish you well and hope this will fix it for you.
Posted on Jun 27, 2010
SOURCE: Water is leaking from the
Easiest to put hose cap over end of drain.
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Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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