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Yoga Korunta

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06 August 2005

New Valve

I installed a new pressure-relief valve this morning. This is a safety device on a house water heater. It should be checked annually and replaced if necessary.

To test, lift up on lever and allow it to snap back. The valve should allow a burst of water into the drain tube. If there is evidence of continued leaking through the valve it will need changed. To do this, close the cold water pipe which feeds the water heater, then drain several gallons to get the water level low enough to remove the valve. Don't forget to place Teflon tape around the threads of the new valve!

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