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Old 06-14-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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Has anybody ever installed one of these automatic shut-off valves for your hot water heater?

I looked at my set up but it looks like I will have to cut and solder pipe. What do you think?

And any opinions? I'm just a little paranoid, I've had two people I know in the past 2 months have their actual water heater burst and flood their house, and mine is right there in a closet in the main room of my small house so a little extra insurance would give me some peace of mind.

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I guess it would help if I gave you the link!

http://www.amazon.com/OnSite-Pro-Wat.../dp/B000AQAQUS

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I would be worried after reading one of the reviews that stated the valve failed to close while doing a test after one year. Safety devices are nice, when they work.
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Of course, if the valve fails to close you're no worse off than if you didn't have it in the first place. So if it fails 1% of the time (just a number I made up) it will save your a$$ 99% of the time. It's not very expensive, seems like good "insurance" to me. Wonder what other options are.

OP: Yes, looks like cutting and soldering (could always use shark-bites) would be required. Soldering is a good skill to learn anyway, so bite the bullet.
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It's $150 plus your labor for "a lifetime premium for flood insurance" for your water heater.

How much does your homeowner's ins. co. charge per year for you to be covered for pipe breakage?

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Nice thought Yoyizit, but in 35 years as a Plumber, I have yet to see a water heater under 12 years old burst. Then there's the water in the tank that is still going to soak the floors. Pipe breakage coverage costs the same no matter what "devices" you have in place, if they fail.
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Sounds like a good idea.... I would test it at least once a year to exercise the shutoff to make sure it works.. just simulate an emergency once or twice a year...Don't forget or it will let you down.
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So looks like a cut and solder deal then...

If I had a hot water heater in a basement or garage I probably would not worry about it but given its location in my house it seems like a cheap (relatively speaking) form of insurance. Because although homeowners would cover a burst water heater (I checked) it would still be a major pain to have to redo my entire house versus just one room. Worth a shot, guess I'll see...
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Looks like a waste of time and money. Modern water heater virtually never "burst". Now washing machine hoses, that's another story. Spend your money there.
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Your insurance company or the CPSC may tell you what is the most likely internal cause of house flooding, but hoses probably occupy 1st and 2nd place.
I guess it primarily depends on the PSI and the number of on/off cycles over time.
Are you on well water?

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