Explanations Why a Hot Water Tank Will Explode

When it comes to having to perform maintenance on ones water heater, it is a pretty minimal maintenance device. Even so, one critical aspect of it should be checked out routinely. Hot Water Heater Repair Jupiter FL wishes to pass on this safety information about ones water heater today.

Excessive temperature if coupled with tank deterioration inside the storage tank causes an explosion. Any time the water temperature is less than 212 degrees Fahrenheit, one will be safe from an explosion, though there is a associated risk of scalding at that temperature. But, if the water temperature is over 212 degrees, water becomes into steam, which will expand to 1,700 times the space it occupies as water. This is when an explosion can take place.

Cautionary Indications of a Water Heater Explosion
The leading sign is if one goes to get hot water from a faucet and only steam comes out. Quickly shut off electric power if one owns an electric water heater. If one owns a gas hot water heater, shut off the gas valve going to the water heater. Then, get in touch with us to come evaluate the condition.

Minimizing Potential Water Heater Dangers
The most essential maintenance task having a water heater is to examine the pressure relief valve, often known as the T&P valve, on a standard basis. This valve helps control the pressure buildup inside of the water storage tank to hinder a risky increase in temperature and overpressure.

Be careful, the water release coming from a T&P valve is often really hot. If you do not feel comfortable evaluating the valve contact us. In addition, doing any kind of repairs to the valve ought to be done by a professional plumbing repair provider.

How to Test the T&P Valve

Remove anything from around the place around the overflow pipe and floor drain.
Raise the test handle for approximately 5 seconds or until the water runs clean.
Release the handle.
If the T&P valve keeps on running with water, lift the handle up and down rapidly to have it reseat itself. One might have to do so a couple of times. IF it has not been tested for a while, it might be difficult to raise it at first. Don’t use too much force, but may need to use just a little.
If the T&P valve continues to leak, it should really be replaced.
Additional things to watch out for are deterioration on the stem of the valve. If there is any water seeping from the valve stem or out of the drain valve.

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What the Experts Say

  • The discharge from a T&P valve can be very hot. It is very important that all T&P valves be installed properly with a discharge line piped downward to an adequate drain to avoid property damage and to minimize possible human contact.
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Home Guides

Pressure relief valves sometime develop a drip when opened for the first time in years. Try opening and closing it a few times to see if it will seat itself. If you have a large leak or the drip doesn’t stop on its own in a day or two, the valve will need to be replaced.  Read more…

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