I had a leaking overflow pipe from my hot water cylinder. I had the pressure relief valve replaced(?), the valve that takes the mains pressure and reduces the pressure before feeding it into mains pressure cylinder.
It is still leaking, but is a hell of a lot better. Plumber has said that it is supposed to drip but not run. I did a rough measure and it filled up a small cup over night.
Can anyone advise?
EDIT 1 I have since had the pressure relief valve replaced, but still the same dripping.
If the overflow is dripping this is most likely normal expansion, that occurs when a hot water cylinder is in a heating cycle. It is normal for a 135L cylinder to expand up to three and a half litres of water in a heating cycle.
So it could be normal expansion. The way I understand this is that if the cylinder is filled up with cold water, it come to a point where it is full and no more water will get in. But then as the water gradually heats up the pressure increases so the pressure relief vavle will kick in and slowly release water to reduce the pressure. This I think is what I am seeing with mine
The question is how do i confirm this? In theory if the HWC is filled up and heated completely, then if no hot taps are turned on over a period then the HWC should not drip.
If hot water taps are turned on then the HWC will fill up. the HWC will then have to heat this new cold water up again. So you might get some dripping in this example. I guess it depend how long the hot taps were run for or how much water the HWC released.