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Thread: How often should you test t/p valve on water heater

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    Quote Originally Posted by master plumber mark View Post
    I have never touched them and it is best not to because ..
    YOU ARE BASICALLY PULLING THE PIN ON A GRENADE

    If you FIRST clearly state to the customer BEFORE you touch the t+p valve that it might start leaking right NOW, or later today or tomorrow or next week , and its gonna cost you $$ to change it out...
    My guess is odds are that they will tell you to leave it alone.....
    If you do leave it alone you are probably leaving a bomb in their home....

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    Cool Redwood ....please..........

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    If you do leave it alone you are probably leaving a bomb in their home....
    Redwood, you know that this is a total load of hooey..

    I do think it is something that I might start to mentioin to my customers when I go into their homes...

    I would inform them that it would be a good idea to change it while I am at their home for $$ 125.00..


    I will not test the T+p valve cause I know it will leak...
    but I will gladly change it for safety sake

    I dont think i will get many takers.....even at 125
    not in this economy

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    Well boys, in 25 years owning personal and renting homes, never messed with them. Not worth the time etc..Most time the tank will be shot before the valve...YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by master plumber mark View Post
    Redwood, you know that this is a total load of hooey..

    I do think it is something that I might start to mentioin to my customers when I go into their homes...

    I would inform them that it would be a good idea to change it while I am at their home for $$ 125.00..


    I will not test the T+p valve cause I know it will leak...
    but I will gladly change it for safety sake

    I dont think i will get many takers.....even at 125
    not in this economy
    Actually Mark I do test them and far more test good than fail.
    Of course your water conditions may be quite different from what I routinely see.

    I'm not kidding when I say bomb and you know it Mark...

    Of course the need of this critical safety device is limited to a situation where the thermostat has failed causing run away heating of the water and the ECO has also failed. It is a third in line device. But it is highly desirable to have it working.

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