I posted a message earlier this morning about my A/C drain clogged,
but a quick blast with the water hose cleared it out. I have however
found the reason for the sudden water... the hot water heater is
leaking at the base.
So this evening I decided to shot-off the cold water valve going to
the hot water heater and cut the power to it... and I'd replace it
tomorrow. Problem is when I turn the cold water shutoff valve all the
way closed it starts dripping quite a bit. I open it back up a bit
and the dripping continues but not as fast.
This valve looks like an outside water fauset you'd see on the side of
your house. When I first turned the valve it was hard to turn and
some black crud and water leaked from the handle where it goes into
the valve. Is this a seal that's given way over the years? I have no
idea how old this valve is, but the house is 20 years old.
Anyway, what's involved in replacing this valve? If I have to call a
plumber out to replace this valve I might as well have him replace the
entire hot water heater. I'd love to learn how to fix this valve on
my own though, yet I want it done right.
I've seen folks replace valves like this many times on TV and I've
read an article from This Old House about sweat fitting two pipes
together - - so I think i can do
Suggestions?? Is this something I should call a plumber to do? I
have no idea what a plumber would charge to replace the cold water
shutoff valve and the hot water heater, but if it's a task I can do on
my own I'm up to the challenge. I just don't want to flood my house
Thanks for any tips or ideas...
- posted 16 years ago