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I have an Intertherm waterheater in my park model trailer. It is less than a year old, and leaks around the drain valve. (I think) How do I get the valve off, is it just threaded on?

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Yes and most likely it is a cheap plastic valve. You will need to turn off the water to the heater and drain it completely. Pick up a new Brass valve at your local Lowes or Home Depot and wrap 5 windings of Teflon Tape on the threads of the new valve. When wrapping the tape on, hold the valve so the threads are up and start wrapping the tape Clockwise. If you do it the wrong direction the tape will peel off when threading it in the heater.

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