Water leak in hot water line

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The pressure relief valve on a hot water heater can leak over time.

I just flushed my hot water heater as you mentioned and now the pressure relief valve is leaking. Is this something I can replace on my own, or should I call a plumber? -Leighton

Hi Leighton,

Pressure relief valves sometime develop a drip when opened for the first time in years. Try opening and closing it a few times to see if it will seat itself. If you have a large leak or the drip doesn’t stop on its own in a day or two, the valve will need to be replaced. Whether you can replace it yourself will depend on your skill level, but as far as plumbing repairs go, it’s not that difficult. If you do try to fix it, here are the basic steps involved:

First, turn off the gas to the water heater, or flip the breaker if it’s electric. Close the cold water cut-off valve going into the water heater. Open the valve at the bottom and the pressure relief valve for a minute to drain a little water out...
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There a countless ways that the fridge line could have been installed. A photo of under the sink would greatly help, in particular showing the connection to the water supply.

Can you see where the fridge line connects to the water supply? Is it connected to the same supply that feeds the sink? If so, even with the isolation valves shut under the sink, there will still be pressure in the fridge line. If you open the sink's faucet, you can confirm that water is off, additionally this will relieve the pressure in the fridge's line.

Sometimes a small valve is installed on the fridge line under the sink. It could have been bumped open.

You'll need to determine how it is connected before you can fix...

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Local Code Requirements

You'll find lots of accessories for your new water heater at the home center. Some are required by local codes; others are just good ideas. Plumbing codes vary, so check with your local inspector.

1. Gas shutoff valve
All codes require a gas valve near the water heater. If you have a “grease-pack” valve, see "Old Gas Valves Can Leak" section above.

2. Earthquake straps
These straps prevent a water heater from tipping over and are required in earthquake-prone areas. $12 per pair.

3. Flexible gas line
A flexible gas line can withstand movement and is usually required in earthquake-prone areas. They're easier to connect than steel pipe, but they're not allowed everywhere, so check with your inspector. $15.

4. Drip leg
Any dust or grit in the gas line falls into this short section of pipe before it can reach the water heater's control valve. The required length of the drip leg varies.

5. Isolation valve

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The most likely cause is a defective Temperature and Pressure (T&P) safety valve. It looks like this and is typically on the side of the heater near the top but could be in the top itself. If you have an add-on insulation blanket it might be under the blanket.

(Image courtesy of home repair, about.com)

The pipe shown going down from the valve outlet often goes outside the home or perhaps just into a crawl space. This valve protects from excessive pressure AND from excessive temperature. The pressure function could actuate as a result of a failure of a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) on your incoming water line and the temperature function could actuate due to a failure of the thermostat in/on the water heater. Or, sometimes the valve just plain fails.

CAREFULLY touch the pipe coming out of the T&P valve some distance away from the valve to determine if it is hot. If it is, this is the primary problem.


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Water heater leaks can occur for a variety of reasons. It may be something as simple as a slightly open drain valve to a severe issue such as a corroded hot water tank. Most of the time, it’s due to faulty plumbing connections or valves that have failed. At the very least, a leaking hot water heater is an annoyance. If not properly addressed, this small nuisance can quickly turn into a major problem. While a small amount of water may seem harmless, it may eventually cause substantial water damage to walls, floors, and subfloors if the leak is not taken care of. In the most severe cases, the area around the water heater could even experience flooding. What could have been a quick, inexpensive fix has now turned into costly repair bills.

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I seem to lose hot water as I shower. My burner man says I have plenty of hot water and should test the shower mixer. Can the mixer be my problem? I've talked to some plumbers and they say I probably need a water heater.

Do not replace the water heater without first checking out the pressure balance faucet in the shower. Pressure balance and temperature control shower faucets are notorious for reducing the hot water pressure as you are using the faucet. Temperature control shower faucets use a spring that adjusts the hot water temperature down when it senses a change in the water temperature. Unfortunately when the spring gets old, it doesn't function as it was intended and you lose hot water...

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