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Old 03-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #1
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My electric water heater is running constantly. There is a conduit that drains to the back yard and it is flowing, not pouring, but flowing. The conduit is attached to a valve on top of the water heater. What's going on? imageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1395185879.385616.jpgimageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1395185902.625397.jpgimageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1395185920.959459.jpg

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Old 03-18-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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I think that is the pressure release valve. How hot you got the water. You can shut the circuit breaker off to see if it settles down. How old is the HWH? It will have a 2-pole breaker.

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You might have mineral build up on the pressure valve, keeping it from fully closing

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I just opened the breaker.
The water heater is ten years old.
The temperature is set at or near 135°F.

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You might have mineral build up on the pressure valve, keeping it from fully closing
It is sorta dusty up there.
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Have you ever opened up the nozzle thinghy on the bottom and let it drain out to clean out the minerals that build up?

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You might have mineral build up on the pressure valve, keeping it from fully closing
Yea, I would release (open) the valve and let it re-close and see if it shuts off. Spray some WD on it when you do it.
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Your pressure relief valve is shot. Replace it. Easy to do.
(And I believe that there is a YouTube video).

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Home depot might have a pressure release valve for like 15 bucks or so. Id change it for ya on exchange for my negatives

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There is a lot of knowledgable folks on one of our sister sites.

If interested, post your question over on there, I'm sure you will get the answers your looking for

www.plumbingforums.com

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