Question about Water Water Heaters
If your water heater is 10 years old or more, it's much better to replace the entire thing before you start having additional problems with it. You MAY be able to drain your water heater and replace the valve with something more reliable, but, as I've said... if your water heater is old, this is just the 1st thing to go wrong. More will follow.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
You are going to have to drain it anyway. So drain it and take the old one with you to get a new one. In case you don't know turn the breaker off before you drain it. If you don.t you will melt the heating elements. They get too hot out of water.
Posted on Jan 06, 2010
SOURCE: Drain valve on Rheem water
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.
" 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
Posted on Nov 12, 2010
SOURCE: Water is leaking from the
Easiest to put hose cap over end of drain.
Open following link for resources and illustrations:
Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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