I have a fairly new (about 4 to 5 y/o) 40 gallon, electric, GE hot
water tank. It started leaking from the drain valve or around it (I
cannot tell). When I turn the water supply to the tank on; water
starts pouring out from the valve almost immediately. Question is....
is it possible that this is just a faulty valve or does it sound more
like I need a new tank?
I thought the latter.. but am still hopeful it might just be the drain
valve I would prefer to be at least a little knowledgeable before
having a plumber come look at it... help.. :o(
Thanks in advance
you need to tell if water is leaking thru the valve or around it.
many outlet valves are threaded for a garden hose. if so try
attaching a hose and routing it to a drain(toilet tub, etc) and
turn water supply on. If the valve is leaking, it should unscrew
from the tank for replacement. Once you get the old one out
take it to supply place for replacement.
When I turn the water supply to the tank on; water
You have some good answers, if the valve is
plastic, it may be cracked. If the valve is
metal, the valve seal (what keeps the water in
when you tighten the handle, may be bad. Or, it
might be leaking where the valve attaches to the tank.
Here are the tests, buy a cap that screws goes on
the end of a garden hose; you can buy these
separately, there are usually two on a Y for
hoses, and they often come on impact sprinkler
stakes. Screw this on the valve,tighten, and turn
on the water supply. If there is no water
leaking anywhere, the rubber seal in the valve has
failed. The easiest repair for you would be to
buy a new valve that fits on a hose thread and
just screw it on to the valve. If there is water
squirting out, the valve is cracked or there is a
leak at the valve to tank connection. In either
case the valve will need to be taken off and
replaced or the connection sealed. There is one
other very bad possibility and that is the valve
is ok an so is the connection but the tank is
leaking near the valve. This would mean that you
need a new tank. Good Luck.
Actually the covering around the valve has been removed, not by me.. by
the force of either nature or the water coming from the tank. The water
is coming from both around the valve and the valve itself. It is a
plastic valve.. I am thinking it may be a crack somewhere in it(
hopefully not the tank )
Thank you all very very much.. I am not much of a DIY person ( unless
it involves duct tape or gorilla glue:o) ) ... I wanted to be sure I
was on the right path before tackling something taller than myself.
Seems it might be worth the few dollars and bit of sweat I will expend
to try replacing the valve before calling in a plumber.
Thank you again .. wish me luck
They all too often use a plastic valve. They crack from the heat. Buy a
brass male thread boiler valve and some pipe dope. It is an easy repair
unless the old one breaks off as you try to remove it. Even if it does the
repair can still be done. For a 5 year old unit the cost of plumber is well
I would always turn off the breaker and drain the heater before attempting
this. The risk of serious burns is too great to try and do it without
draining the tank.
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