Struggling with a broken heater bleedline nipple? In this post, we show you how to replace a heater bleedline nipple if it has broken off. This repair is only for heaters or spas that are out of warranty. If you have a warranty on your heater or spa, call your Hot Spring dealer and get a warranty replacement. Before we get started, let’s determine which tools and parts you will need.
Table of Contents
Tools You Will Need:
- Phillips head screwdriver
- 7/16” socket wrench
- Impact driver or drill
- 1/8” drill bit
- 5/16” drill bit
- 3/8” drill bit
Parts You Will Need:
- 1/4” HB X 1/8” MIP Hose barb adapter
- Plumber’s tape
Step 1. Remove the two Phillips head screws from the back cover of the broken heater.
Step 2. Using a 5/16” drill bit, drill a hole as straight and as close to the center of the broken bleedline nipple as you can. Drill the hole no more than 3/8” deep.
Step 3. Using a 3/8” drill bit, widen the hole so that you can thread in the hose barb adapter.
Step 4. Using a 1/8” drill bit, open up the center of the hole so that water can drain from the heater. Be careful not to go too deep with your drill bit.
Step 5. Thread in the hose barb adapter.
Step 6. Remove the hose barb adapter and wrap it with plumber’s tape.
Step 7. Thread in the hose barb adapter using a 7/16” socket wrench.
Step 8. Put the back cover on with the two Phillips head screws.
You’re all done! Good job!
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