Sunday, February 17, 2019

Small Dripping After Hot Water Tuneup -- Simple Fix

Small Water Noticed After Tuneup?

We try to seat the valve when we perform our service, but because there is water present in the process of the tuneup, we cannot determine whether any small weepage could still be we need to ask our customers to try the simple quick fix below if they suspect minor leakage.  

Almost for sure, any signs of residual water the next day, on the floor, is simply related to the new Pressure and Temperature relief valve needing to be flipped a few time to properly “seat”.   The contact surfaces of the new valve just need to be seated, and you do this by opening the P&T valve using the silver handle on top of the valve.   
·        Open for say 5 seconds, and be aware that water will rush out the pipe which usually goes to the concrete floor and usually in back of the tank and it could be really HOT.   

·        Then Close, and open again.   

·        Repeat one more time.

This should stop the leakage.   It might be hard to tell right away, as usually the leakage is very slow.   

Another simple trick is to put a box fan on the area and dry it up.     If it stays wet, then probably a leak continues.     Repeat steps one more time, but at the end just pop the valve quickly with bursts of water going out.

If it is dry, and remains dry when the fan is removed, then the expected fix has worked.     

This is a one time event, once seated well, you shouldn’t have to do this again.

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