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I had a new water heater installed less than two years ago and the installer left a copper wire wrapped around the pressure relief valve and nom the heater is broken and leaking internally. Should the installer have taken that wire off so if it needed to release pressure it could have - and could this be why my valve to the water softener also exploded? I know I am a plumbing dummie but I really need to know if it's their fault?:wink:
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Not sure I understand, water heaters do not leak internally. What is leaking???? And there should be nothing wrapped around the T&P valve, but it will not cause problems in other devices. Its' purpose is to relieve pressure in the event of a malfunction of the heating equipment that causes overheating and/or excessive pressure in the tank. It is a violation to do anything that will interfere with the proper operation of that valve.

Water softeners are connected to the cold side of the water line and not likly affected by anything that the water heater does. There is supposed to be a check valve in the cold side of the water heater to prevent pressure or hot water from getting into the cold side. But it is possible that it was not installed.
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