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Mystery solved....elementary my dear Watson Khan!

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:17 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by harley View Post
Turns out there's some sort of pressure release valve on the waterheater, and it was screwed in too tight. Created a pressure backup in the system,


They all said they'd never seen anything like it before.
Is this your current home? I'd want to look into it more if it were mine. The pressure thing on a water heater is totally a safety measure. It should not be getting activated in normal use, only in case of a fault.

If it is tripping normally, and that is relieving pressure on your plumbing, something is wrong. WH set to too high a temp and boiling, air (steam) in the WH, something.

edit - I got curious, here's a link:


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Old 11-22-2008, 09:21 PM   #23
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It's a brand new townhouse we bought as a second home near family. Got a pretty good price due to the massive inventory in No. VA.

It isn't the pressure relief valve causing the problem. I had to go back and research it since I couldn't remember exactly. The problem was with the expansion tank, and some fitting that controls how it works. Btw, I am not a plumber, so this may be a lousy description. Anyway, whatever the control fitting is was too tight. It comes set from the factory. But they just had to adjust it a tad and the problem was gone. Since it was discovered during the home inspection and not fixed until after the walk through, we made sure to get it documented in case there are future problems with it. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed.

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