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Drain valve on Rheem water heater is cracked and leaking water. Where do I buy one and can I do the work (it looks simple) or does this require a water heater repair specialist? What do I need to turn off in order to remove the part?

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You can do the job.
If the valve is plastic, the valve may break off inside the water heater.

The tank forum which is hosted by a professional plumber says, to use a hammer and screwdriver to remove the plastic drain valve: These guys are the pros.
http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-maintenance-tools.html
" If a plastic drain valve snaps, having a hammer, a flat-bladed screwdriver and a towel can get you out of hot water. The towel is to absorb the hot water coming from the heater. You can use the screwdriver and hammer to gently tap the broken plastic piece out of the threads, then install a ball valve drain assembly with pipe-seal tape.
Now another guy at the Tank was saying he drilled out the broken plastic valve.
In any case it can be removed if it breaks.

Install a brass valve.
I just bought one at Home Depot and noticed that Lowes has brass drain valves too.
They're in the water heater department. You need teflon tape or joint compound on the threads.
And if it ever starts leaking, you can put a hose cap on the end, or replace it again.

For professional water heater advice: I go to the tank
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

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Whole valve unscrews counterclockwise.
If valve is plastic, expect it to break off.
If valve is brass, use cheater bar on your pipe wrench.
I don't know that serial number or part number, but drain valves are standard 3/4" pipe thread.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-drain-valve.html

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1) If leak is simple, then put garden hose cap over end of drain valve.
Pick up hose cap in garden department at home center or hardware store
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2) Or install a garden hose and run to a drain until valve can be replaced.
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3) If drain valve is cracked, it needs to be replaced.
If you are a DIY adventurer, then replace drain valve.
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5) If you want adventure, then replace heater yourself and save $400 installation. Here in Houston 2011, electric heater costs 220 and gas 330 at local box store. Offer 10% less.
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If you mean the drain valve, then buy garden hose cap at home center.
Cap will have rubber washer that seals tank.
If drain valve is plastic, the cap may not thread on without sanding down end of plastic drain valve.
Otherwise replace drain valve, which is simple if drain valve is brass, but can be difficult if drain valve is plastic.
Turn off power to water heater: Electric: turn off circuit breaker. Gas: turn knob to pilot.
Turn off water, open bathtub spigot on Hot side, drain water heater, remove drain valve with wrench.
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Remove supply tubes leading to faucet and see if problem is inside pipes or inside faucet.
My bet is clog inside faucet.

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

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Remove hot water line leading from water heater and check pressure. This says if problem is where hot water leaves tank.
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