All industries use acronyms to describe certain things.
In plumbing the PTR valve (as commonly known in the industry) is short for the Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve. It’s part of your hot water system and is designed to relieve the increase in pressure caused by water expansion during the normal heating cycle.
As long as the PTR Valve is doing it’s job you will never know it’s there and also never know if it’s about to blow…quite literally.
Manufacturers recommend that these valves are maintained and replaced between 3-5years to ensure the safe working operation of your unit.
We won’t bore you with technical details – after all you really only notice when something isn’t right if you can see or hear something wrong with your hot water system or run out of hot water.
When Things Go Wrong
When you notice that there is something potentially wrong with your hot water heater it is really important that you identify the right shut off valves and turn off the water to the unit.
If you haven’t maintained or service your unit, parts can fail and ultimately the unit can too.
We strongly recommend against fiddling or attempting any handyman work on your unit or the pressure and temperature valve yourself: it definitely pays to be safe. Especially when it comes to your gas hot water heater.
Always engage a qualified, licensed and insured plumber gasfitter to help with your hot water heater repairs or replacement.
I Need A Plumber Now
If you have no hot water or your hot water heater is hissing loudly and spewing water – then call us immediately and we can arrange for one of our experienced team to be with you shortly.
Turn off the water and gas to the unit and we will be there to help.
Experiencing hot water issues?
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