Water heater drain valve


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Old 08-01-17, 06:00 PM
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Water heater drain valve

Hello everyone I was wondering if anybody could point me into the right direction into finding a replacement water drain valve. I have went to home depot, lowes, and a local plumbing store and non of them carry this drain valve. Ive searched online and havent had any luck. My water heater is an older Gama American water heater from 1991. Thanks!





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Old 08-01-17, 07:56 PM
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That water heater is +25 years old. It may not even warrant a repair.

The tank has a 3/4" pipe thread for the valve. There is a good chance if you tried to change that valve that the plastic body would crack. The cracked piece left in the tank could be removed but it's not easy.

Does that valve leak or is it broken ?
If it's just leaking you may be able to put a hose bib cap on the threaded part to stop the leak.
 
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Old 08-02-17, 09:08 AM
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Years ago I replaced a similar plastic drain valve with a 3" brass nipple and ball valve. For the last 20 years flushing the tank has been a breeze.
 
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Old 09-01-17, 03:53 AM
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CasualJoe thats a really clever solution, ill bear that in mind
 
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Old 09-01-17, 06:24 AM
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Yup just use a brass nipple and a valve from the home store. But there are similar types around..

SP12159B - Rheem SP12159B - Round Poly Drain Valve w/ Concentric Handle (3" Length)
 
 

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