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hey folks, first post , first house, I am buying a foreclosure and had a inspection performed. The house was winterized when being put on the market, so now as part of the process the house must be de-winterized to test the utilites, electric came back fine, but I was informed they could not test the heating due to a "Leaky drain spigot" on the furnace, excuse my naivety on the subject, but from what I gather the only drain spigot I would find on a furnace would be to release any water that has been captured in a condensing unit. I have slight experience with plumbing helping install a few sinks at another relatives property. Is this something as simple as turning a wrench to tighten around the spigot or am I way off base. Anyways , thats where I am right now , any info would be greatly appreciated.

I did a bit of researching on the internet but only really came up with parts and one picture of said drain spigot. I don't have the brand of furnace handy but should by tomorrow. Thanks again, great forum :thumbsup:
 

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I will try to be as helpful as I can but I kinda need more information perhaps even pictures. At the moment though I would recomend removing the condensate trap (usually a black cylinder or box with a pipe or hose leading into it) and clean out very well by bringing to a sink, partially filling with water, then shake really well and pour out gunk. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Once you replace the trap where it was removed from make sure all pipes and hoses are connected and that all hose clamps are tight and secure. Hope to hear back and see pictures so I can be more helpful
 

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Furnaces don't have drain spigots(atleast they are not suppose to). Boilers do. If you have a boiler. The spigot can be changed easily enough, or a brass hose cap can be used.
 

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A boiler will have a drain spigot usually refered to as a boiler drain. It is generaly located on the side near the bottom and looks similar to an out door hose bib (spigot). They generaly never get opened thru their life and when they do some crud gets under the seat and allows a slight leak. I have successfuly fixed some by putting in new washers and some I just had to replace. As was mentioned a brass cap will also do the trick. Please verify that it is the boiler drain and not the presure release valve (which I would recomend changing anyway)
 

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A boiler will have a drain spigot usually refered to as a boiler drain. It is generaly located on the side near the bottom and looks similar to an out door hose bib (spigot). They generaly never get opened thru their life and when they do some crud gets under the seat and allows a slight leak. I have successfuly fixed some by putting in new washers and some I just had to replace. As was mentioned a brass cap will also do the trick. Please verify that it is the boiler drain and not the presure release valve (which I would recomend changing anyway)
Ayuh,... On my 3 different boilers, I yanked those valves, 'n put a 1/2" ball valve in it's place...

No doubt the Easiest fix, is as beenthere says,...
Get a brass hose cap, 'n screw it on, 'n yer done...
 
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