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TPR Valve... Do I need one of those?
If you have a water heater in your house... you have a TPR valve. What is a TPR valve? TPR stands for Temperature Pressure Relief. They are installed on every type of water heater, gas or electric. They are even on tank-less systems. Why? The water in your water heater gets really hot! What happens to water when you heat it up that much? It expands! Your water heater holds a lot of energy in it's tank. I know lots of you have heard stories of water heater explosions, but have you ever seen one? Look at this video from Mythbusters, this is what can happen when one explodes.
It can be devastating! Your TPR valve protects your water heater and the inhabitants of your house and should be tested yearly to insure that it is working properly. All water heater manufacturers install them in the top six inches of the tank, some are on the top and some are on the side of the unit, within six inches of the top.
So what do TPR valves do? Two things: 1) ... more
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