Leaky drain valve on your water heater? Easy fix!


If you notice that your water heater drain valve is leaking there is no need to call in an expensive repairman to fix it. There is a simple DIY way to replace your valve.


Parts you will need

  • A small bucket
  • An adjustable wrench or slip joint pliers
  • A new drain valve

Warning: Before attempting any repair, make sure the appliance is completely disconnected from the power source.

Step 1: Turn off water supply valve on your water heater

Step 2: Put a small bucket under the leaky drain valve and open the valve, let he water run for about 5 seconds.  This will relieve pressure off the tank

Step 3: Use an adjustable wrench or slip-joint pliers to loosen the drain valve.  Once it’s loosened, firmly unscrew the valve. NOTE: water may spray be prepared for this!

Step 4: Take your new drain valve and screw it in tightly as fast as possible

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