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Water heater is leaking from the temp/pressure relief valve. the leak is coming out of the copper tube.

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How to change out copper piping from release valve


If the release valve referred to is the pressure release valve, then a water leak out the attached vent pipe is an indication that the valve is failing. To change the valve, the water must be allowed to cool (turn off AC power or gas) and the water level inside the tank must be lowered (drained) to below the level of the pressure relief valve. Once this is accomplished the vent pipe is unscrewed from the relief valve and the pressure relief valve is unscrewed from the water tank. A new pressure relief valve with a sealant on the threads, is then screwed and tightened into place with the outlet port facing downward. The vent pipe is attached to the new valve and the tank refilled with water. A hot water facet must be opened to allow air to exit while filling. Upon becoming full (water will begin to flow from facet), turn off the facet and restore AC power or gas, therefore allowing the water heater to heat up. When the first hot water is utilized there may be some air expelled from the facet.

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Pressure releif valve leaking


Hot water pressure relief valves serve two functions. The first is to remove high-pressure water from the hot water tank. The second function is to act as a high temperature valve to remove water that exceeds a predetermined point for the valve. Both of these relief settings are preset at the valve factory. Many pressure relief valves will come with a metal tag that identifies these release points. If you're attempting to remove the hot water heater pressure relief valve, pay careful attention to ensure that you replace with the correct valve.

Your hot water heater has a pressure relief valve safety mechanism. When pressure inside the water tank exceeds certain limitations, the valve opens up to allow the pressure to be released. A faulty pressure relief valve will not release excess pressure, which could cause extensive damage to your home. You should test the hot water heater pressure relief valve once every six months to ensure proper operation. If the pressure relief valve fails the test, replace the valve with a new one immediately

Locate the pressure relief valve on your hot water heater. The pressure relief valve has a lever handle on top with a drain pipe attached to it. The pressure relief valve is most often on the side of the water tank toward the top. Newer models of hot water heaters have the pressure relief valve on top of the water tank.

  • Inspect the area around the pressure relief valve for signs of leaking water. If there is leaking water near the relief valve connection, replace the relief valve. If no leaking is evident, proceed with testing the pressure valve.

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    Examine the area below the pressure relief valve drain pipe. Most water heater closets either have a drain in the floor below the pipe or the pipe is inserted into another pipe to direct the water out of the home. If the end of your drain pipe is not in another pipe or there is no drain in the floor, place a bucket under the drain pipe to catch water when you test the pressure relief valve.

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    Pull the lever handle on the top of the pressure relief valve up with your fingers. A working lever will lift up without difficulty.You should begin to hear water going through the drain pipe. Slowly release the lever to shut off the pressure relief valve. The pressure relief valve is good. If you did not hear water running through the drain pipe, lower the lever on the pressure relief valve and replace the valve. If the lever is difficult to raise, do not force the lever. Replace the pressure relief valve.


  • Now with all that said if you have a closed loop water supply system and you have a pressure vessal/expantion tank it may have gone bad and is making the TP valve leak. you can call your water provider to see if you have closed loop system.

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    Just purchaced a 99 jamboree with an atwood G6a-8e water heater. while on a trip I lit the water heater, and after 30 minutes someone told me water was leaking from the side. I noticed the pressure relief...


    It's gas operation only, but has electronic ignition for propane. ( just to confirm, if you look at back of water heater, it would have a metal or black plastic cover and hydro cable going in side or top of it.)
    There are usually 3 things that may cause pressure relief to leak. 1) Faulty,corroded pressure relief valve, which usually needs to be replaced if it goes faulty. 2) water temperature is getting too hot, which could indicate a faulty thermostat. 3) If your hooked up to city water, the pressure may be too high, causing excess pressure build up in hot water tank, thus pressure relief opens. If your running off your on board pump, this is probably not the cause, as they are usually set at 40 psi.
    Ist, - try pulling lever on relief valve slightly open ( careful it's hot !!) to clean out any calcium that may be logged on seal thus causing leak. If that doesn't do it, and the hot water isn't running out steady and appear to be under extreme pressure while leaking, then I'd change the pressure relief valve. Remember when you do, shut off water to system, and relieve pressure by opening a tap, and pressure relief as well after that. New one shouldn't be too expensive, just make sure you get same thread, 1/2"NPT or 3/4"NPT. Use a little teflon tape, or pipe dope whatever you prefer when re-installing as well as clean threads a little before.
    If it really starts gushing out pressure relief when heating or heated, and water seems hotter than normal, it's more than likely a faulty thermostat. I'll wait for your reply on what condition your experiencing before I go in to how to change the thermostat.

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    Turned off the hot water to fix a leaking tap. now the tap has no hot or cold water and the hot water tank valve is leaking?


    It sounds like two problems.
    Problem 1) Clog inside faucet or clog inside pipes at faucet
    Remove supply tubes leading to faucet and see if problem is inside pipes or inside faucet.
    My bet is clog inside faucet.

    If you have galvanized pipe that meets copper pipe, this can be trouble spot.
    Article on clogged water pipes at Inspectapedia:
    http://www.inspectapedia.com/water/Water_Pipe_Clog_Repair_Guide.htm

    Article on clogged pipes:
    http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/Tanklets/backflushing.html

    Problem 2) Water heater leak ... you say tank valve is leaking? Is that cold-water shut-off valve? Or tank drain valve? Or TP valve?

    If cold water shut-off is leaking, then replace shut off.

    If tank drain valve is leaking, then check if plastic valve is cracked. If drain valve is cracked, then replace with a brass valve from Home Depot. If plastic valve breaks off, then use hammer and screwdriver to gently chip out the broken plastic valve. New valve threads need teflon tape to seal pipe. If valve is just dripping, then put garden-hose cap over end of valve and screw down tight.

    If TP valve is leaking, then replace with same temperature and pressure rating.
    New TP valve threads need teflon tape to seal pipe.

    Problem 3) If pressure is low all over house:
    Buy pressure gauge at hardware store that screws onto hose connection.

    Test pressure on outdoor spigot.
    Open faucet and check if pressure drops. This says if problem is inside pipes that enter house.

    Test pressure on water heater drain valve.
    This says if pressure problem is before -or- after water heater.

    If problem is before the water heater, then shut-off valve located on cold water line is suspect.
    If problem is after water heater, it could be in hot water outflow pipe on top of water heater, or a nearby elbow.

    Remove hot water line leading from water heater and check pressure. This says if problem is where hot water leaves tank.
    Read articles above about clogs inside water lines.


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    drain valve must have already been leaking, that's why someone put the cap on. It's ok to cap the drain but never the pressure/temp relief. If the water is coming out of the drain (not around it) you could either replace the cap or the drain valve to stop the leak - otherwise it's time for a new water heater.

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    Yes, you are correct it sounds like the pressure relief valve. It is an important safety device that lets water out of the water heater when temp/pressure exceed the limit set on the valve. It did its job good.

    Now the important part is to change out the valve and try to diagnose why it tripped. Odds are the water temperature was too hot AND the relief valve couldn't close because of mineral deposit build up.

    Replace the relief valve and turn the water heater down for starters.


    Please rate this response and Good Luck, Phil

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