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Old 03-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #16
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Ball valve required (versus a gate valve) for hot water heater installation

Originally Posted by clydesdale View Post
I am replacing my natural gas hot water heater and someone mentioned that my gate valve on the cold water inlet is not up to code and needs to be replaced with a ball valve. Located in NJ. Does anyone know if that is something in the code. The manufacturers instructions don't reference anything about a ball valve versus a gate valve.
It is not that it is not up to code, it is just that after a while, the rubber gaskets dry out from the water, and will not seal, or even worst, will not move. Ball valves can do the same thing if left to sit for a long period of time, without rotating the valve.

At least every six months, when you change the clocks, go through the house and rotate the valves closed & open to make sure they still work. Replace any that allow water still through, or even gas, if used for gas shutoffs.



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