Learn How To Fix A Gas Water Heater with Broken Drain Valve

We encountered a broken drain valve when removing this old gas water heater. In this video, we show you how and why we reconnect new water lines the way we do. Specific metals need to be in contact with each other, and some cannot. Troy also explains the venting, blinking lights, and gas lines. This customer’s water heater needed to be replaced for their own reasons. Some signs to consider with a failing water heater include discolored water, water buildup around the unit, lukewarm water temperature, strange noises, and the length of time since your last repair/replacement. If you have a water heater or have any other plumbing needs, please reach out to us!

Watch our Video and You’ll Learn:

  • When To Fix Gas Water Heater.
  • How To Repair A Gas Water Heater Broken Drain Valve.
  • Gas Water Heater Broken Drain Valve Repair.

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Troy: Hey there. Troy Champion Plumbing out of Eagan, Minnesota. We are doing another water heater install and Inver Grow Heights. today. You can see Jayden working on it. The drain actually broke off on this, which happens now and again. So when we’re hooking the hose up, it just snaps right off. These things are plastic and it kind of is what it is. We will obviously get this mess cleaned up, but the gravity gas water heater looks like the water valve’s good.

The gas valve is good. Four-inch venting is good. It’s tied into a b-vent Y and then a b-vent stack, which just to show you, this is single wall venting. This is b-venting with a flex liner. So that’s all good. We got one-inch clearance on b-vent, six-inch clearance on single wall, venting, and yeah, gas, gravity water heater replacement in Inver Grow Heights today. I’ll show you what it looks like when we’re done.

Hey there. So I chime back in here. I got the new water heater, in the garage and I just thought I’d show what we do. We have been getting requests for how to get to the finished product. So all the water heaters come with dielectric unions on them. I’m sorry, not unions nipples on them. So we don’t need dielectric unions anymore. We just need brass, because you cannot connect copper to galvanized without. Well, you just can’t do it, right? You’re going to end up with problems.

So you use brass as a neutral metal in between the copper and the galvanized. And that way we won’t have any issues. This is a union, a ProPress by three-quarter male union. So we will put some Teflon tape on the nipple then, thread sealant over the top of that. Make sure we’re not getting any on the ins side of the nipples, and then we thread these on. From there, you’ll see at the end here, when I show you, we just ProPress this going onto the house plumbing. So, that’s how we prepare the water heaters.Okay. So we got it in. And just to show you what we were talking about, just highlighting it a little more. That’s got a good approved gas valve. Doesn’t have a packing nut on the back of it. It’s good. It’s got a good ball valve. It’s got a lead-free ball valve. Now we have our unions on here. Everything we connect, we use ProPress. It’s a very expensive tool and fittings, but we’ve had just amazing luck. You can do it with water coming through and it just saves us a ton of time, and so we all know time is money. So we got our unions on here. So if there’s ever a problem, we just spin these off, put a new one in spin these back on.Venting, one thing to check on venting is that there’s three screws in all of the venting. Every piece that’s connected has to be secured with three screws except for the b-venting. That’s a different story. It clips together. So, single wall we talked about, six-inch clearance to combustibles. The copper line’s not going to combust. There’s nothing else in the way six inches. So that’s good, I got this one fired up and filling. We will, I already lit the pilot, which gives us this blue status light on these water heaters.

Some water heaters give you a different color light or some don’t even have a pilot. So this one does have a standing pilot, and it’s given us a good or normal operation code. We’re going to turn it over to hot. It’s 120 degrees. That’s where we’re going to leave it. It’ll take about 45 minutes to have hot water again, and then it should be good to go.

So if you have a water heater that needs replacement or any plumbing need, look us up on the web www.championplumbing.net, or give us a call (651)-365-1340. Thank you.

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