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I have a relatively new gas hot water heater that is now leaking through a pipe that exits the tank and runs outside. The pipe exits the tank about 1/4 of the way down from the top. The pipe is also connected to some sort of valve with a toggle switch on the side. I assume it releases pressure but no matter what side I flip it to the HOT water pours out of the pipe and to the ground outside. When I turn the water off at the top of the tank the water stops pouring out. Thanks or any advice you can offer.

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  • dhamr Oct 15, 2010

    Thank you!! I'll give it a try.

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That valve is a pressure releases. If the heater is new like you say that means that the valve is bad. You can get a replacemet valve at any hardware store. They just thread on. I would replace the vave if it still leaks then Replace the heater it might blow on you and flod your house.

Good Luck

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