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    Water Heater Relief Valve

    I noticed a pretty good leak coming from the downtube from the relief valve, probably about 2 drips/sec. So, being the handyman I am, I just tripped it completely by throwimg the little lever, hoping it might seat itself. You guessed it, that made things worse. The heater is not very old and is a pretty good make, Rheem. My question is, is the relief valve something I could go pick up at Menards and are they all standard as far as specs, size, etc?


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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    They have several different valves, so take your old one with, or take a picture of it and you might want to grab the tag on it.

    Edit: Make sure you turn off the water and relieve the pressure before you remove the valve.


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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    I noticed a pretty good leak coming from the downtube from the relief valve, probably about 2 drips/sec. So, being the handyman I am, I just tripped it completely by throwimg the little lever, hoping it might seat itself. You guessed it, that made things worse. The heater is not very old and is a pretty good make, Rheem. My question is, is the relief valve something I could go pick up at Menards and are they all standard as far as specs, size, etc?
    About 12 bucks at your local st Hardware store. Maybe less at the big boxes. If there is a long tube because it is mounted at the top, maybe a little more.


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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Quote Originally Posted by cychhosis View Post
    They have several different valves, so take your old one with, or take a picture of it and you might want to grab the tag on it.

    Edit: Make sure you turn off the water and relieve the pressure before you remove the valve.
    Drain the water heater a bit too but it is a very easy repair.



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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    very easy repair, im not handy at all and replaced mine. screw it off add some plumbers tape to the new one and screw it on. done.



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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Rep to you all. I'm done and waiting for the water to heat up so I can start laundry. $10 fix!


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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    Rep to you all. I'm done and waiting for the water to heat up so I can start laundry. $10 fix!
    Atta boy!


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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    You should have just disabled the valve completely. What's the worst that could happen?

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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Quote Originally Posted by vmbplayer View Post
    very easy repair, im not handy at all and replaced mine. screw it off add some plumbers tape to the new one and screw it on. done.
    did you use a ladder?



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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    Rep to you all. I'm done and waiting for the water to heat up so I can start laundry. $10 fix!




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    Re: Water Heater Relief Valve

    Buy an expansion tank, if it happens again, costs about $50.


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