I own a condominium that has an electric hot water heater.
The heater started leaking out the bottom, so I turned off the
electrical power and shut off the water to the heater. Unfortunately,
that caused the shutoff valve to start leaking too. The shutoff valve
is located on the pipe just above the heater, so the shutoff valve is
now dripping water onto the top of the heater.
Until I can get a plumber to sort all this out, are there any other
steps I should take?
-- Steven L.
I was more concerned about a safety problem due to the electrical power
cable that runs from the wall into the heater. I shut off the wall
switch and I also shut off the line from the circuit breaker, but I
don't know anything about electrician stuff and I was still worried.
These condos were NOT built with a main shutoff water valve inside the
units. When a valve (like the shutoff valve to the toilet) has leaked,
it has been necessary to shut off the water to all the condo units on
that side of the building in order to repair it.
-- Steven L.
close the valve about 1/2 way and than heed the advice given above...dont get
wild ass macho man tightening the packing nut just a limp wrist 1/4 turn will
normally do the job
but what do I know
only 30 yrs playing plumber
Merry Christmas to all
First, their isn't anything to sort out. You need to
replace the shutoff valve (heater inlet valve) and the water
heater. You might contain the leak from the valve for
awhile, but if you do nothing else, you should have a
plumber turn off the main and replace the valve.
Steven Litvintchouk wrote:
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