Dripping 6 bar pressure relief on 10liter unvented under sink heater

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  1. Riley26

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    needing to swap a 6 bar pressure relief as the one that in in is leaking slightly be it won't reseat with operating it for abit. Probably a stupid question but can I just swap for a 6bar pressure relief from the merchants? There not specific to the under sink heater? I have done all my exams will have my g3 unvented ticket in a few weeks.
     
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    G3 ticket is not required.
     
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    Check the expansion vessel (if there is one ) first.
     
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    Thank you, not sure it had one but I'll check. This could of lost its charge and not taking up the expansion causing the pressure relief to run abit?
     
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    Yes or maybe none fitted at all.
    But you say..
    Were you cranking it open and now it won't reseat?
    Probably sediment on the seating surfaces.
    Is there a pressure reducing valve fitted also?
     
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    Yup, 2 things to check 1st. Supply pressure, if it's exceeding 6 bar, fit a Pressure Reducing Valve. If no EV, what length of uninterrupted cold supply pipe is there to the heater inlet from its iso valve or another cold outlet/draw off, needs to be at least 3m to allow for expansion.
     
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    Thanks I'll check was a pressure reducing valve at about 3 bar but don't recall seeing an expansion vessel. Is it unlikely to it just start leaking cause the washer has gone in it?
     
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    If there is no expansion vessel then the expansion is being taken up by being forced back down the mains pipe, if a water meter has been fitted or someone has fitted a check valve then the safety valve will be opened when the water is heated, find out why the safety valve opened in the first place before changing it.
     
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    Thanks yes and there should be a check valve to stop expansion back down the cold mains. The valve was just dripping slightly. It could need an expansion vessel fitting then?
     
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    Do these units not use the supplied ventilated tap??
     
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    Not always. Some of them want a loop of pipe to absorb the small volume. Others seem to rely on the crappy flexi hoses (Quooker/Zip etc)
     
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    There are 2 types of instantaneous HW heaters (as against the under counter boiling HW heaters)

    One is unvented - uses PRV's (relief and if needed reducing), an uninterrupted supply pipe length or EV for expansion, the other is vented - that one comes with a special tap that vents (drips) into the basin as you mention.
     
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