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I have water leaking from a valve on top of my AO Smith PCGC 50 water heater.

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Hi,
That is called a pressure relief valve....
If the water gets too hot, the pressure builds too high in the tank or the valve goes bad, it will leak...
Remember that this valve is a SAFETY device!!!
Do NOT plug the valve off...
Find out why it is leaking and get it fixed...

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