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    pool heater relief valve leaking

    Hi, I'm new to the forums here. I have an ancient Anthony Citadel III LP pool heater and the relief valve has been leaking. I'd like to replace it, but I'm not sure exactly what valve to get. There is a tag on the existing valve but it is hard to read. The main thing I'm unable to read for sure is the pressure rating. It is a Zurn P1000A 200000 BTU/Hr rating, but the pressure rating I can only read the last two digits of 50 (psi). It might be just 50 psi or it might be 150 psi (there are scratches on the tag). I've found a matching Zurn model on the internet with the same BTU rating that comes in various pressure ratings, but not 50 psi, though it does have 150 psi. On a plaque on the inside of the heater it says "working pressure 50 psi" and "hydro test 150 psi" just to make things more confusing. Anybody have any thoughts on the right valve or what the consequences would be of getting the wrong valve? Thanks for reading.
    -Larry

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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    Welcome!

    Any chance you could post some pictures?
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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    Hi Smykowski,
    Thanks for the interest. I have attempted to post photos here. If they come out, you can see the tag and panel pretty clearly. Actually, the photo looks almost clearer than I could see with my eye. I would bet on 50 psi, though it still looks like there could have been a number next to the 5. I also noticed that the output BTU is 285000 but the valve is only rated to 200000. Not sure if that's an issue. I was guessing it was the original valve but it's also possible the previous owner replaced it.
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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    Personally I'd take the plug out and be done with it. Plug the hole with the appropriate sized plug.
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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    I thought the relief valve was a safety issue. Are you saying you don't think the heater needs any relief valve at all?

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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    That looks like a standard household water heater relief valve. Some idiot probably tried to test it like they recommend you do annually, and it didn't seat right, because they never do once you disturb them. You can probably just unscrew it (pump off, of course) and take it to the local hardware store and pick up a replacement.

    Rumor has it that smacking the stem with a mallet once will seat the valve and stop the drip.
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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by hindela View Post
    I thought the relief valve was a safety issue. Are you saying you don't think the heater needs any relief valve at all?
    It depends on the codes in your area. Some places do not require them.
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    Re: pool heater relief valve leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by ps0303 View Post
    It depends on the codes in your area. Some places do not require them.
    That bit of information is TOTALLY FALSE!
    A water heater without a TP valve is a potential bomb waiting to go off!!
    Check out what happens when the tp valve is replaced with a plug and the thermostat malfunctions:
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