The Tank › Will the Drain Valve Work?
- December 17, 2018 at 8:08 pm #24508CNYhopefulParticipant
Just registered with the forum yesterday.
Thanks for having me. I searched for an
answer before asking a question, but couldn’t
I have an 8 year old American Water Heater.
It’s a 40 gallon natural gas with a power vent.
It has been neglected and I wonder if there is
any hope for it? Not sure if this matters, but
it has always had filtered water down to 20
microns (seems like can’t hurt?).
It has never had the anode replaced, or even
If there is hope, I’d like to start by draining it,
but I’m concerned that if I mess with the drain,
it may break, or get stuck “on”, or anything
else bad. I attached a pic of the drain. It’s
nylon, plastic or something like that (I know
now I should have a ball valve).
My question is:
While I know there are no guarantees with
anything, what are my chances that the drain
valve will work like it’s supposed to?
Chances being pretty good, 50/50, or just
thinking about touching it is playing with
If the drain will work, I’ll have a look at the
anode, but I think the chances there’s anything
there are miniscule to none. Is there a chance?
Thanks for your help.
BrianDecember 17, 2018 at 11:38 pm #24510Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello, The present drain will work for relieving pressure and for draining the tank. That’s all you need for anode checking/replacement. Once the tank is drained, then it’s time to try replacing it with a proper valve. Even if it snaps in two when trying to unscrew it, no problem. Just take a hammer and large screwdriver to remove the remaining plastic ring without doing damage to the steel tank threads. Most important is to have a look at the anode!
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