|Posted by hj on January 04, 1999 at 14:51:17:|
|In response to Re: water heater relief valve|
The relief valve would only leak for one of three reasons. Excessive pressure, excessive temperature, or failure due to age. The rating only determines if the system is going to blow up if the burner does not function properly. Other than age, the valve should have stopped leaking when the temperture or pressure was reduced, so the logical thing is that the house pressure is, or was, too high. One other thing, if the burner were in a run away situation, then the reduced capacity would have allowed the temperature to stay high and thus the water would have kept running. If you had this last situation, I would have advised your wife to go about a block away from the house and then call you. In the worst situation, the house could have met her there.
: Last week the wife called to tell me the water heater was leaking all over the place. Turned out to be the
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