There are two main reasons why your water relief valve is leaking.
Excessive Internal Temperature
If your water heater’s temperature rises too high, the relief valve may begin to leak water in an attempt to lower it. As hot water is removed from the tank, cool water flows in to replace it. Check your boiler’s temperature; if it’s over 210 degrees or 150 psi, your water valve is most likely doing what it’s supposed to.
However, this should not be an on-going process. The water boiler should return to a normal temperature and pressure, which is approximately 150 degrees and less than 30 psi when hot.
The Valve Needs To Be Replaced
Continuous leaking from your water valve could be a sign that it has come loose or lost its seal. Luckily, this is an inexpensive replacement and repair job that can be done quickly. Sometimes, valves simply wear out, but replacing them right away is important to prevent your boiler from rupturing.
Contact us today at GEN3 Electric & HVAC for all your home’s electric, heating and cooling needs. Whether you want to install a new system or need something fixed, we can help. Book an appointment on our site or call us at 215-512-4102.