Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Knowing When It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater’s T&P Relief Valve

If your T&P valve suddenly started leaking and you have not had any plumbing renovations recently, a replacement could be the best and only solution. The pressure valve that is factory set to release water at pressures exceeding 150 psi is a basic component in Edmonton hot water tanks. Any malfunction could lead to disastrous consequences. Embracing proper maintenance that focuses on periodic testing of the valve is important, as the valve is the safety device that prevents your water heater from exploding.

Due to thermal expansion, pressure and temperature are tied together. Should the tank begin to overheat, pressure build-up will be triggered. For safety reasons, the extra pressure and heat should be released, and this is the work of the T&P valve. Do not stop the valve from leaking by plugging it. Contact a professional plumber like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. who will be able to determine the cause of the leakage and fix it.

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