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Old 04-24-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Water under Hot water heater storage bin

Just got back from first trip of the year - Niagra Falls, Canada! OMG, how cold was that!?

Anyway, got water in the storage bin directly under the Hot water heater. I remember reading in a post last fall about how the pressure relief valve is supposed to release pressure if the temp gets too hot. But there was a lot of water in the bin after 4 days and it does not leak otherwise (Not getting in from the road or rain). The annode rod was recently replaced and is definately not leaking. Has anyone had this problem and ever replaced the valve on the water heater?

Has anyone attached a hose / copper piping to the valve to redirect the water outside the compartment?

Any ideas!?

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Old 04-24-2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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Make sure air----------

Before you make any changes, Make sure there is a "AIR" pocket in the top of the hot water tank.

To do this, you need to make sure there is no water pressure on your RV. No city hook up! Turn off the water pump! Make sure the water heater is turned off at the LP GAS & ELECTRICTY.

Next you need to open the hot water faucet in the kitchen/bath. Either one will do.

Open the hot water tank door (be careful , hot water) lift the pressure relief valve until water stops running out of the valve. Close valve then lift and let "SNAP SHUT" a couple times. Turn off the faucet you opened. Now turn on pump or pressurize the water system from the city hook up. Turn on electricity or LP gas to hot water tank. Let hot water tank heat until it shuts off on its own (one way to tell is to use LP GAS to heat the water).

Now you can check to see if the pressure relief valve is leaking or not. This usually corrects the water leaking from the valve by placing a air pocket back into the top of the hot water tank.


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Old 04-24-2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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Not sure how your heater is but on my trailer the pop off valve is only accessible by opening the outside compartment door to the water heater, the water that may escape the popoff valve will only drain outside of the trailer.

I would check to see that all your connections on the back side of your water heater are not leaking, sounds like there may have been water in your pipes that froze in the bypass pipes.
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