How To Install a Pressure Relief Valve
Time Required: Under 2 hours
When water is heated, pressure builds up in the tank. If this pressure is too great, a rupture could occur. A pressure relief valve serves as a check valve to automatically open and relieve the pressure. Most water heaters now come with one, but if yours doesn't, then you'll have to install one and occasionally replace it. Consult your local Home Depot to find the valve that will fit your water heater.
- Connect the relief valve to the opening in the water heater with a pipe wrench or an adjustable wrench
- Measure the distance from the relief valve to the floor.
- Cut lengths of CPVC pipe to match the ones you're replacing, as long as they extend to within 3-inches of the floor.
- Connect the pipe and elbow to the pressure-relief valve.