Question about Rheem 38 GAL ELEC SHORT Water Heater 6YR SC 82SV402

1 Answer

Relief valve leaks on new install with just the cold water on

This heater was a direct replacement. no change in water pressure from old to new. is the valve faulty?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 94 Answers

Is the relief valve new?if not it should be,and yes the new one could be faulty from factory.also might be some debris caught up inside.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010

Testimonial: "Rheem did send me a new pressure release valve that did not leak."

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

My pressure relief valve keeps blowing more so when it is hot any ideas please


Pressure relief valves open on high temperature as well as high pressure. They do go bad and are replaceable.

Consider calling the plumber. It is not very expensive part and the plumber can change it quickly.

If you just want to do it yourself:
  1. Write down the make and model of the water heater.
  2. Go to a real plumbing store and buy a new one.
  3. Turn off the heat source (the gas or electricity)
  4. Turn off the water inlet and open a hot water valve at any sink to take the pressure off the heater.
  5. Remove the old relief valve. It may take a long handled wrench.
  6. Install the new pressure relief.
  7. Close the sink valve.
  8. Turn on the water and check for leaks.
  9. Turn on the heat source.

Good luck.

Apr 11, 2015 | Water Heaters

4 Answers

My water heater has a leak only when it is turned on.


it could be a leak around an element if it is an electric heater.

Jun 04, 2014 | Suburban Direct Spark and Electric Water...

1 Answer

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.

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    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.

    Feb 04, 2011 | Whirlpool Water Heaters

    1 Answer

    We have a brand new rheem 40 gal elec water heater, after installation we have water leaking from the base of the relief valve, pooling up in the plastic fitting and making it way over the side all over...


    Water heater should be set in a drip pan.
    Otherwise, put 1 gallon bucket under TP release pipe to catch water.
    http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html#drip-pan

    When you say relief valve, I assum you are talking about brass valve located on top of tank or near top of tank. This is TP valve and a pipe connects to this valve and runs down to within 6" of bottom of tank. TP valve has a small lever on it.
    If you are talking about tank drain valve located at bottom of tank, then add a comment.
    Following information is for TP valve.

    Dripping TP valve can be caused by 3 different thing:

    1) Obstruction inside TP valve. Open TP valve for a moment to flush away particles and slowly lower lever back down. See if water stops dripping, if not, then replace TP valve

    2) Defective TP valve: replace TP valve. Turn off electricity to water heater. Let heater cool for several hours so you do not get scalded. Close shut off valve located above tank on cold side. Open tub spout to relieve pressure, open tank drain or open TP valve and empty water below TP valve level. If TP is located on top of tank, not much water has to be drained. Tank is under press when hot, so be careful. Put teflon tape on new valve and install with big pipe wrench by turning clockwise until TP valve is very tight.

    3) Overheating tank. TP valve is temperature-pressure valve. If tank water is over 150 degrees, the TP valve starts drizzling hot water to relieve tank pressure.
    Lower tank pressure two different ways:
    a) turn down thermostat
    http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html
    b) install expansion tank on incoming cold water line
    http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html#expansion-tank

    Dec 19, 2010 | Rheem Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve

    1 Answer

    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.

    Nov 17, 2010 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

    1 Answer

    My suburan hot water in my 5th wheel camper only makes warm water, never hot. what is the problem?


    First, let water heater heat up until it shuts itself off. Now carefully, ( it should be hot) open pressure relief valve slightly and catch some hot water in a cup or container. Compare it to what comes out your tap, that you say is warm only. If that water from pressure relief feels hotter, then check your by-pass valves for proper operation and position on rear of water heater, as it may be in a position that is allowing cold to mix with hot, creating warm. Cold line will go direct in the bottom fitting and hot will come out top fitting, and make sure any valves in between those 2 lines are in off position. If all is well there, or water from pressure relief is only warm as tap as well, then buy a new thermostat and ECO for that particular model water heater from RV dealer/service center, and replace them. They are behind rubber cover on upper left side on water heater. When cover is off, they are held against tank by 3/8 nut. When you replace it, snug nut up good but be careful not to go too much and snap that small brass stud that nut goes on. Pay attention to position of old one, so new one goes same way.

    Nov 06, 2010 | RTO Suburban Rv Water Heater Dsi Gas Valve...

    2 Answers

    Pop off valve on gas water heater making racket. Can just the pop off valve be replaced?


    Yes it can be replaced. This is a temperature/pressure relief valve and is the second most important safety device on your heater. They rarely make racket. Is it leaking? if so yes replace it. Water heaters should have a portion of water drained annually along with operating the relief valve. IF you raise the handle a few times, and it continues to leak, then it should be replaced. If you replace it be sure to replace it with EXACTLY the same temperature and pressure rating that is on it now. Allow the water heater to cool, and drain pressure before removing. If it is rumbling inside, you might have calcium deposits bouncing around in the bottom. Drain some water and see how it looks. (Often if you operate drain, and haven't in a long time it won't reseal)

    Aug 11, 2010 | American Standard 40 G Natural Gas Water...

    1 Answer

    Leaking pressure relief valve


    what is the water pressure on the cold side? You may need to install a pressure reducing valve at the water heater inlet to reduce inlet pressure and keep pop off valve from opening when not needed.

    Feb 27, 2010 | Emerson Part UWL Chrome Ultrasystem water...

    1 Answer

    Relief blowing out hot water every hour or so. Controller? Set at about 125.


    try replacing the pressure relief valve to do so turn off water to heater and turn off power or gas which ever you have drain water from heater. then using pipe wrench remove old relief valve. when installing new valve use teflon tape on threads to prevent leaks then thread by hand back into water heater and use pipe wrench to snug dont over tighten turn water back on after full and no leaks turn power back on or relite piolit

    Nov 24, 2009 | Water Heaters

    Not finding what you are looking for?
    Rheem 38 GAL ELEC SHORT Water Heater 6YR SC 82SV402 Logo

    Related Topics:

    60 people viewed this question

    Ask a Question

    Usually answered in minutes!

    Top Rheem Water Heaters Experts

    Donni Steen

    Level 3 Expert

    659 Answers

    gizmonix

    Level 1 Expert

    13 Answers

    Brad Brown

    Level 3 Expert

    15478 Answers

    Are you a Rheem Water Heater Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

    Answer questions

    Manuals & User Guides

    Loading...