My Gas Water Heater Drain Valve Is Leaking

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Just because your gas water heater drain valve has started to leak doesn't mean that you should start to panic. Find out what to do if your gas water heater drain valve is leaking with help from a plumbing, heating and cooling specialist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Tom Hutchinson from Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. I'm here to talk to you today about replacing the drain valve on your gas hot water heater. Before you begin, the first thing you want to do is turn the incoming cold water valve off on the top of the hot water heater to stop water from coming into the tank and then open any hot faucet in the house, closest to the tank is preferable. Once you have done those steps you want to connect a common garden hose to the hot water valve itself and place that in a safe area for the water to drain to. The water will be very hot coming out of the tank. Once you've completed that, you take a standard adjustable wrench to back off the existing valve from the tank. I have a brand new valve ready to reinstall. Make sure the valve is in the off position and once you have done that, you can open the valve, the incoming water to the tank and let the tank refill. Keep that hot water valve open until the tank is completely filled. At that time you shut that off and then you relight your gas hot water heater and in about 45 minutes to an hour you will have a full tank of hot water to keep your family comfortable. Again, I'm Tom Hutchinson from Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Thanks for watching.


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