watts regulator

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by eric, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. eric

    eric New Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have a Watts 25aub regulator with a built in bypass. The unit is approximately sixteen years old. After the hot water heater shuts off, there is a banging sound coming from the area of the regulator. If I use the hot water, the noise goes away. Is it time to replace the regulator? Thank you

  2. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area
    Check the unit with a pressure gauge at any hose bibb outside and make sure you run the water first so you do not gauge thermal expansion. If it pressures up to anything over 75 pounds, it is defective and in need of replacement. I would venture to say that there is dirt or debri in the integral strainer of that PRV that is the problem.
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  4. jeffreyhel

    jeffreyhel New Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    It sounds like a bad bypass. Anyway replacing the whole thing will solve the problem but MAKE SURE you get either another one that has the bypass or install an expansion tank.
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