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post #1 of 6 Old 01-05-2008, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Water heater question

I live in a building that houses 8 lofts (my boss owns the building, He only charges me $250 a month for a 900sq ft loft), anyway, there's a water heater that sends hot water to all 8 lofts.

Lately as the days become colder, the hot water was not hot enough, so I asked my boss if I could turn up the temperature on the water heater and he accepted, I went into the storage room where the water heater is, the choices on the thermostat are warm, hot, and very hot (but you can dial any setting in between), the thermostat was a little bit higher than the hot setting, so I put it all the way up to very hot.

The hot water temperature now feels really good, now I can even mix cold water to bring the temperature a little bit down.

Ok, so this morning somebody was knocking at my door, it was my neighbor that lives in the house next to the building, he told me that the relief pipe coming from the water heater was sending water out, I went to check and you can see a drop coming out like every 3 seconds, my neighbor said that no water should be coming out from there at all, that if water comes out that means something is wrong.

Personally, I think that is just some water condensation from the steam coming out of the heater, but I don't know.

What are you thoughts?
Thanks for your input
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-05-2008, 09:30 AM
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I live in a building that houses 8 lofts (my boss owns the building, He only charges me $250 a month for a 900sq ft loft), anyway, there's a water heater that sends hot water to all 8 lofts.

Lately as the days become colder, the hot water was not hot enough, so I asked my boss if I could turn up the temperature on the water heater and he accepted, I went into the storage room where the water heater is, the choices on the thermostat are warm, hot, and very hot (but you can dial any setting in between), the thermostat was a little bit higher than the hot setting, so I put it all the way up to very hot.

The hot water temperature now feels really good, now I can even mix cold water to bring the temperature a little bit down.

Ok, so this morning somebody was knocking at my door, it was my neighbor that lives in the house next to the building, he told me that the relief pipe coming from the water heater was sending water out, I went to check and you can see a drop coming out like every 3 seconds, my neighbor said that no water should be coming out from there at all, that if water comes out that means something is wrong.

Personally, I think that is just some water condensation from the steam coming out of the heater, but I don't know.

What are you thoughts?
Thanks for your input
It's not supposed to do that. You can try turning the temp down just a hair, but my guess is that the valve is bad. They sometimes start leaking and won't reseal so you have to replace them. They are cheap and they just screw out/in. I've had to replace them on both my water heaters and my furnace (we have radiators for heat).

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try lifting up on the relief valve handle to manually let some water out... if its lwaking because there is some debree caught in it then that will probably wash it out and stop it from leaking... or just ge a new one... either way it shouldn't leak.

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Probably my main question is if I should worry that the water heater will explode or something or the worst that can happen is that the leak becomes bigger?
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Probably my main question is if I should worry that the water heater will explode or something or the worst that can happen is that the leak becomes bigger?
Its a temperature/pressure relief valve!

The worst that can happen is it goes Pop and you spend the next 3 months with your thumb deposited in your anus wondering why your showers suck.

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or you spend the next 3 monts mopping up the mess and trying to dry the room out before it molds. Easiest thing to do is shut down the heater, let it cool and replace the valve. If the leak continues with the new valve the heater is creating too much pressure and needs to be replaced. If its an older heater there's a pretty good chance it's due.

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