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Leaking And Clogged Hot Water Heater Drain Valves—Fix It Fast

by Charlie Clarke

The drain valve on your hot water heater is a simple enough fixture, but it can cause some problems from time to time. If the drain valve is leaking or has become clogged, you can fix it fairly easily. Here, you'll learn how to do just that.

Won't Drain

If you've been trying to drain the hot water heater and you can't seem to get it to drain, it could be clogged with debris or sediment. You can probably fix this fairly easily.

  1. Connect one end of your garden hose to the drain valve, and connect the other end of the house to a spigot.
  2. Open the drain valve and turn on the spigot. This will force water into the drain fixture and free-up the debris that is clogging it.
  3. Allow the water to run for about 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the water off and close the drain valve.
  5. Disconnect the hose from the valve and the spigot. Put the ends of the hose in buckets so that water doesn't spill out of it onto the floor.
  6. Position a bucket under the drain valve and open it.
  7. If the valve is unclogged, you've won the battle. If not, repeat the process. If the second attempt doesn't fix the issue, professional help may be required.

Dripping Drain Valve

If the problem you're having is a leaking drain valve, you might be able to make a quick fix and eliminate the bucket under the valve catching the leaking water.

The first thing to try is using slip joint plyers to turn the valve to the right. Use enough force to close the valve, but not so much force that you snap it off.

Another quick fix is purchasing and installing a brass garden hose cap. If you put the cap over the spout, it will stop the water from leaking. Just be sure that the cap that you've selected has a rubber seal inside to keep water from leaking out from around it.

Check the pressure. If the water is leaking and the valve is in good condition, the problem could be caused by high pressure in the tank. Place a pressure gauge on the drain valve. Position a bucket underneath and open the valve. The gauge shouldn't read any higher than 80 psi. If it's higher, you'll need to release some of the pressure using the pressure relief valve.

If you continue to have problems with your hot water heater, contact a local professional, like one from Johnson Plumbing, for assistance.

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