Leak (drips) from the plastic knob/valve at the bottom from of the water heater. Model: Ruud M50-2 (installed in 1996)
This is your water tank drain or boiler ****. If it's plastic, it cannot be repaired so replacement is necessary. Of course you will need to drain the tank* first before replacing the valve.
* First turn off the circuit breaker for the water heater. Turn off the cold water supply to the tank. Open all of the hot water valves at each faucet in the house for proper drainage. Connect a garden hose to the tank drain with the other end emptying into into your basement drain or to outside of the house. Open the tank drain valve slowly and allow it to drain completely.
Once it has drained, use a pair of channel-lock pliers (aka water pump pliers or arc joint pliers) to turn the base of the valve counter-clockwise and remove it. Take this valve to a plumbing, hardware of home improvement store and ask for a replacement. I recommend a brass replacement valve but a PVC one is acceptable. Pick up a roll of 1/2" teflon pipe tape too.
Wrap the pipe thread on the new valve with 2 or 3 wraps of the teflon tape. Start the valve into the drain hole by hand, then tighten with the pliers until snug and valve oulet pointing down. Make sure the valve is closed. Turn on the cold water supply valves then turn off the faucets in the house once they are purged of air. Allow the tank to pressurize and check for leaks. If good, turn on the circuit breaker and you are good to go.
Dec 08, 2010 |
Ruud Air Conditioners