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abfab04

06:47PM | 05/31/06
Member Since: 08/10/05
49 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I noticed the controller on my gas water heater flashing constantly today and there is a very, very slow drip of water coming out of the release valve. Its a five year old John Woods tank with a Robert Shaw controller. From searching the internet I found something about a "lock-out" function but not sure what that means.

I turned the electrical breaker off, then back on. The light turned off and the pilot immediately turned on and started to heat the water. What caused this to happen? Anything I need to be concerned about? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

thanks.


Sylvan

06:54AM | 06/01/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1452 lifetime posts
Me_office1
A dripping, leaking T&P could indicate a serous problem.

Either excessive temperature or pressure or a defective T&P

Call a Licensed plumber and have it checked ASAP

abfab04

08:57AM | 06/01/06
Member Since: 08/10/05
49 lifetime posts
sorry, there was a bad use of terminology on my part. Its the white plastic drain valve at the bottom of the tank that has started dripping. Does the same answer apply?

thanks.

Sylvan

05:29AM | 06/02/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1452 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Well you are wasting a lot of water and energy.

Depending on the age of the tank possibly a replacement is in order.

There is a bib CAP that is sold that will stop the leak but if future blow drowns (draining) are required you may not be able to stop the flow
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