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Install new Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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I had an issue with turning off the fill valve on my alpha boiler and the pressure went to 1.5 bar when cold and rises to 2.75 when the heating comes on is this ok.


You need to check with the boiler/system specifications to discover the correct pressure.

An overpressure condition should be dealt with by a safety valve that usually vents to the outside of the building - if it is working correctly. There have been incidents of this external vent freezing causing dangerous pressure to build in the system. I understand a modification is simple and inexpensive but I don't know any details.

Our pressurised system runs at about 2.5 bar hot, or at least it used to do when it was younger...

Jan 25, 2017 | Water Water Heaters

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Water pressure is high and over flow pipe is running


Have you measured the pressure or is it a faulty valve. Are the inlet and outlet valve open. There is a safety valve for thermal relief on top of the tank.

Mar 19, 2015 | Water Water Heaters

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Hot Water Pressure from taps


Hard water deposits from the water heater in the supply lines to the faucets. Sounds like your water heater needs to be cleaned out -- not just drained of water. You need to get inside and clear out the deposits in the bottom of the tank. You also need to remove the hot water supply lines to your faucets and see of you can get the lines to run free from the deposits -AFTER you clean out the water heater. Remove the drain -put on a 3/4 in. ball valve for the drain and a hose bibb on that - you can hook up a 5/8 - or 3/4 inch hose to get the particles out of the drain of the water tank. You may have to blow back the water line, from the faucets, the hot water lines- to get the deposits out of the water lines. You also may have to blow out the faucets with the water line disconnected to clear the calcium out of the hot side of the faucet.

Feb 18, 2014 | Water Heaters

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Water meter keeps running. When I turn off the water supply to the hot water tank the needle on the water meter stops, does that mean that I have a leak in the hot water pipe coming out of tge tank.


Yes you have a leak on hot pipe or TP overflow tube.
Put ear against pipe to listen for sound of running water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#listen
If TP valve goes into drain line, check if water is running down TP overflow tube.
Check each faucet for leaks.
If pipes are under slab, put ear against each faucet to determine which faucet is closest to broken pipe.

Mar 23, 2013 | Water Heaters

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I have a GE Profile Water Heater Model #SE40M12AA01.


I recommend safety changes to prevent ruptured water heater and assorted leaks.
135 degree hot water.
Maybe replace TP valve if it is dripping.
Drip pan under water heater with 3/4" drain line to outside.
Expansion tank on incoming cold water line to absorb pressure build-up, and prolong life of tank and plumbing.

Here's why:

1) Yes you can have scalding hot water.

2) I recommend 135 degrees since that will burn the evil right out of ya. And generally kill clothes washing bacteria.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html

3) 150 is dangerous and can seriously burn skin in 1.5 seconds. Not safe around children and elderly.

4) Temperature settings on electric water heater are approximate, since thermostats are calibrated approximately, and read temperature through tank wall.

5) Also if you want to increase amount of hot water for high-consumption household, then setting tank temperature upward is one solution since more cold water is mixed with hot, so amount of hot inside tank goes further.

6) High temperature can cause TP valve to release water.
TP valve is pressure-temperature safety valve. Do NOT cap off.
Rating should be 125 psi and 180 degrees ... but all things water heater are approximate, and TP valves need replacement now and then.
It is not recommended by water heater manufactures to use 150 psi TP valve when water heater came with 125 psi. Rating shows in small print on end of TP. New TP valves sold at local hardware. Let tank cool before installing new one.

7) Higher temperature and high pressure can rupture tank.
Pressure over 80 psi shortens life of water heaters and plumbing fixtures. Put BTG100 pressure gauge on water heater drain valve to check pressure.

8) You need a drip pan with 3/4" drain line to outdoors, or to drain vent line, to prevent flood caused by ruptured water heater.
Turn water heater off when going on vacation.
Inspect water heater each 6 months.
Drip pan available at local home center or hardware:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html#drip

9) Heated water expands and puts pressure on tank and pipes.
Water does not compress... so when water gets hotter it expands against tank wall and against pipes.
Especially in closed system (check valve present) when system is without expansion tank.
Expansion tank is installed on incoming cold water line.
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html#expansion

Oct 31, 2012 | Water Heaters

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Where is the drain pan located?


Sometimes there is no condensate.
Sometimes the drain line is clogged.
Copy following links for GE Heat Pump water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Review-GE-Heat-Pump-water-heater.html
Expanded drawing of 2012 GE heat pump condensation drain reservoir
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/GE-condensate-drain-560.jpg
Clean the drain line by swinging over head.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Black-Bud-tubing-350.jpg

Sep 11, 2012 | Water Heaters

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Sink tap has overflow going directly into the drain and constantly running. This is a reverse osmosis system that is outside warranty.


If you mean the little weep hole on the tap is leaking? If so, then the drain line connected to the sink drain is clogged. Remove this line and see if it's draining free.(have bucket ready) Most likely it will be where it enters your sink drain at that fitting, clogged with sink drain materials.

Jul 17, 2010 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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My hot water heater is leaking out of long drain pipe


The long drain pipe is the expansion relief overflow, it is too hot. The thermostats are too high. Or the valve is shot. Do you notice the water being too hot to touch? You might want to drop the temp a couple notches. There are thermostats on both gas and electric units. Also, do you have hard water? I have seen hard water build up on the expansion valve and cause it to leak, you could open that up for a second and let out some water to see if it will unclog it. Careful! Hope this helps.

Apr 27, 2010 | Water Heaters

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