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#1 dbuck

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

Hello Everyone,
I have a water heater. It is a Premier Plus. Manufactured by the American Water Heater Co. It is about 10 years old. Today it started leaking hot water out of the relief valve on the upper right side of the heater. It was coming out at a pretty good pace then stopped. Later in the day it happened again. What are some ideas as to why this is happening?
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:50 PM

either the Relief Valve is bad
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it's doing it's job, but the water is too hot (boiling) because of a bad Thermostat
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:07 PM

Time to swap out the tank
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:28 PM

Time to swap out the tank


Swapping out the tank sounds hard :) I would imagine getting the jacket off in one piece would be interesting.

Edited by Bullstok, 11 March 2012 - 09:40 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:38 PM

either the Relief Valve is bad
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it's doing it's job, but the water is too hot (boiling) because of a bad Thermostat


OR if you have a expansion tank to absorb the extra water pressure from when the water is heated and expands, the expansion tank bladder is shot and waterlogged. This tank is usually only necessary on water heaters fed by city water where the city makes you have a check valve on your main supply. If you have well water or no check valve, you dont need this extra tank as the extra pressure goes back into the main supply or the well pressure tank absorbs it.

Edited by Bullstok, 12 March 2012 - 12:31 AM.


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:03 PM

I have city water, no well. The water was coming out hot and steaming. Do you think I may just need to replace the valve then? I have a professional coming tommorow.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

... coming out hot and steaming.
... Do you think I may just need to replace the valve

if it's boiling, then no, you have another problem
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:42 PM

As stated...the valve is not the problem...the thermostat(s) are the problem.
30 bucks at the home improvement store.
300 bucks from your professional.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:43 PM

Doesn't make much sense to pour $300 or more into a 10 year old tank, when a new one is $500
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:10 PM

As stated...the valve is not the problem...the thermostat(s) are the problem.
30 bucks at the home improvement store.

just checked ..
BFG6140T403NOV is a GAS Water Heater :whistling:
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