Questions about systems that produce and distribute heated water.

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Possible cross over issue with water lines

About 2 weeks ago our hot water started getting less and less hot, now it is completely cold. If I turn the cold angle stop off at the sink, so only the hot water line can feed the faucet, and turn it ...
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Biggest size breaker in 200 amp panel

I am upgrading my service to 200 AMP. Since the location of the old service is behind a cabinet, we moved the main panel to a different area. This put it more than 15 feet away so we have a 200 amp ...
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Hot Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve Hissing and Discharging Water after Draining Tank

I just drained the hot water heater, as I do every year (using the following video for instructions: https://youtu.be/qqaehhGYV_I). This time, the pressure relief valve had a slight hiss after I ...
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hot water humming maybe Grundfos pump

There has been a humming noise coming from the hot water heater, and it sounds like it's coming from the Grundfos UP 15-18 B5 pump. The humming is constant 24 hours a day and from what I can tell it ...
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Temperature of water in the shower fluctuates - will a cheap thermostatic tap help?

I recently moved to an apartment where temperature of water in the shower fluctuates and we called for a plumber. He either cleaned up or replaced one part (I think it was the mixer - nothing visually ...
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Least Destructive New Heating System? Hot Water or Air?

I'm having some issues with my current steam heating system. I'd rather get it replaced with a whole new system, either forced hot water or forced air. The house was built in 1916, so I'd have to do ...
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Why is the hot water in my tub fluctuating between hot, warm and cold?

I've been living for a year in a 1985 (or so) 8-floor condo in the NYC metropolitan area. The building is well managed. I have a kitchen and a bathroom with both a separate shower and a ...
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Water Supply Noise due to Thermal Expansion?

I have a plumbing issue that I'm looking for suggestions on. After using a substantial amount of hot water (say, a long shower + washing laundry) I will hear a loud rumbling / vibrating sound ...
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Is a tank-style water heater always under pressure?

Is a tank-style hot water heater always under pressure? In other words, is the entire tank pressurized? Is the pressure largely created by the force of the incoming cold water supply?
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Showers in house run cold after 30/45 seconds - Sinks scalding hot?

Have a two story house with kitchen, main bath, guest toilet and laundry room on first floor, and two bedrooms upstairs with one full bath each. The water heater is a 55 gal gas operated, located in ...
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What is coming out of these water pipes?

I have been dealing with some hot water pressure issues. See Should hot water pressure be reduced after hot water is used? Today, hot water pressure reduced so much it was impossible to shower. In ...
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Water gets cold after ten minutes of use!

Water runs cold after about 10 minutes of showering! Also there was black stuff coming out of bath pipe before. Just got a new water heater and it didn't fix the hot water problem :(. What could it ...
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Should hot water pressure be reduced after hot water is used?

I'm noticing reduced hot water pressure (on all faucets/shower) after significant hot water use (2 long showers, 2 loads of HE (High Efficiency) laundry, and using a sink for about 5 minutes). Cold ...
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What is the minimum temperature to keep the hot water heater at? [duplicate]

Our hot water heater produces hot water, but not super hot, is there a minimum temperature I need to keep it at? I don’t like it when the hot water is scalding, but I want to be safe.
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Risk of leakage when changing open-vented to sealed-system boiler

Apologies in advance for the long post. I currently have a gravity-fed, fully-vented central-heating (CH) and hot-water (HW) system (large cold-water tank and expansion tank in the loft, hot-water ...
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Does my hot water tank have a bad element?

I have an electric hot water tank. Recently I've been noticing that the supply of hot water has gone down drastically. It will only be really hot for a couple minutes, warm for another 10 minutes, ...
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Are the resin beads inside old water softeners flammable?

Our old water softener just broke and released all the resin beads into our hot water heater. I've been draining it but a significant amount of beads went into the drain pan under the hot water ...
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Boiler heating extra zones

Background: This is a new house, with a boiler system I'm not familiar with. Instead of zone valves, each zone has its own pump (4 zones). There is a fifth pump on the other side of the boiler. Not ...
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Hot water temp in shower/tub fluctuates

I live in a condo that has 13 units in two buildings and am the president of the board. A few months ago we had a new water pump installed in our boiler room. Shortly after that all three units in my ...
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Heating system is heating the radiators instead of the hot water - why?

We have a heating system with a boiler, hot water cylinder and a controller to set the timers for the heating and hot water which it then switches between accordingly. Lately, it intermittently (I ...
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Hot water is coming out of all faucets brown

I live on the second floor in a condominium and had my direct vent hot water heater replaced approximately 8 years ago. At the time I recall having various vendors out to give me an estimate and very ...
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Hot and Cold water seem to be mixing

Having a problem with hot and cold water seemingly mixing in my house where some locations can't get cold water and others get a mix of warm/cold from hot settings. The scenario: Moved into a new ...
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Is it bad to have the bottom of a baseboard heater covered?

I live in an apartment with baseboard heaters. As the temperature outside gets colder so does my apartment. The thermostat is set high enough, but it just doesn't reach that temperature. When it's ...
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Hot Water Tank limit switch tripping, but not over heating?

My just over 2 year old, professionally installed gas hot water tank frequently loses the pilot light. I've had the installer come out 4 different occasions to look, and every time, he's stumped at ...
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Why does my boiler vent steam?

My understanding of a boiler system is that it is closed, meaning the water stays in the pipes and constantly recirculates. However, there is a vent (3" PVC pipe) that is connected to it that ...
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How can I know if my boiler is supported by Nest 3rd Gen thermostat?

Here are the pics How do I know if my hot water boiler is compatible with Nests domestic hot water control
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What is this plumbing “temperature regulator” called, and how do I adjust it?

I was told the below restricts/governs how much hot water can make it to my tub/shower. I'd like to know what it's called, and how I can adjust it to get hotter water. I'm attempting to twist the ...
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Heating Not working but heating water kicks it in

My heating (gravity fed) is not coming in when the timer starts but the if the water needs heating it kick starts it. I thought it may be a thermostat issue because when I moved this to a point that ...
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how water cylinder + leaking overflow + dripping not flowing

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 ...
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how to drain a single loop in one of my heating zones?

I have baseboard hot water heat. In one of my heating zones, there are three "loops". (i.e. shortly after the supply leaves the zone valve, the pipes split in three directions. These pipes then ...
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sudden increase in water pressure but decrease in temperature

Our water pressure used to be just ok, but temperature (hot water) is good. Couple nights ago when I turned on the shower, suddenly I heard a 'bang' sound. But the water pressure has increased so I ...
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shower shock,when hot or cold water is used in other parts of house

our 2 showers, we can't run any other hot or cold water without get extreme hot or cold differentials while in the shower.bought house last year,built in 1985.
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Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?

Goal: Install a new hot and cold supplied exterior faucet for garden watering and year round animal watering. Here's the rough situation: We're on a rural property, drawing from a well, into a ...
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What is the correct position of the thermostat on a hot water tank in an oil-fired heating system?

We have an oil boiler which heats our radiators and hot water tank. No matter what way I set my heating, I can't generate enough hot water for a bath. I suspect that the thermostat on my hot water ...
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How hot should my hot water heater vent get?

My gas hot water heater's flue/vent is very hot to the touch. Is that normal? How hot should it get?
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Need help understanding gas water heater

I just bought a house and it have a gas water heater. I need to know what is the water shut off valve to shut down water in the entire house. Also if you can help me label any of the other knob (which ...
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How should I install a new water heater?

I have recently shifted to San Diego. I am planning to install my own water heater. Can anyone guide me on below questions: Should I place my water heater next to furnace? Should I have a common ...
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Dropped Item in hot water heater

When I was redoing the plumbing to my hot water heater I accidentally dropped a pen cap down the vent stack/flu. Will this cause any problems? Like melting or catching on fire? Its going to take a ...
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Do I need to replace the thermal expansion tank when replacing a water heater?

I'm considering replacing my water heater. My existing heater has an expansion tank attached to the top; should I look into replacing that at the same time or is the life expectancy on those longer?
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Low hot water pressure from cylinder

I have a flat with a cold water tank in the loft space, which feeds into an indirect (coil) heated cylinder in my airing cupboard. Hot water pressure has never been great, but acceptable. A couple of ...
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I have an oil burning furnace and my hot water only last 2 minutes. Hard to take a shower

I have an oil burning furnace and my hot water only lasts about 2 minutes, making it hard to take a shower. I'm not sure what the make and model is. I had hot water that would last a long time, had ...
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Can I sink a hot water copper pipe into the ground and keep the heating functionality

we are remodeling a our kitchen and the hot water baseboard heating is in the way. We had two ideas. 1. we let the baseboard heating run under the cabinets 2. we cut open the floor and drop the ...
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Do you size a DHW expansion tank to incoming pressure or pressure after PRV?

Thinking of adding a pressure reducing valve (PRV) to reduce my home's water pressure. I understand that I'd need to add an expansion tank to the incoming cold water line of the domestic hot water ...
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Will keeping the hot water running by accident cause any damage to the hot water heater

The hot water was left running over night about 6 hours in my bathroom sink Would that have caused any damage to the hot water heater
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What type of hose should be used when flushing a water heater?

I know that a hot water heater should be flushed yearly to mitigate sediment buildup. What kind of hose should be used? Is a simple garden hose sufficient, or will the hot water melt or damage the ...
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How can I check my hot water heater temperature? Isn't 120 degrees cold?

I'm trying to test the temperature of the hot water coming out of my hot water heater but I'm very confused. Can I use a meat thermometer or what should I be using? Also, just to make sure my ...
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Could the diverter valve be causing water to get cold quickly?

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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Should I be calling a plumber or someone from my water supply company to test for contaminents in my water?

I have one bathroom where the hot shower water has a sulfur-like odor to it on most days and I'd like to have someone come and check it out but I'm not positive on who to call.
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Should I use a timer or motion sensor in my hot water recirculation system?

I want to get a hot water recirculation line added to a house. plumber is proposing a timer to turn on/off the pump. I'm thinking a motion sensor method would be better. are these even common and how ...
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how do you manually turn on the gas to your house?

During an account switch our gas got turned off. The account is straight now but national grid goes on coffee break from 12am sat till 7am monday and for us, enough is enough. 3 family 3 story ...