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Why are water heaters not lasting in my house?

I built my home 15 yrs ago. Since then I have gone through 5 gas water heaters. I put a water reducing valve in, and a water alarm because my finished basement was flooded twice. Had my water tested, ...
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water heater vent

In the water heater closet, the water heater is vented through the roof. There is a vent pipe that goes through the floor in the same closet. What would this vent pipe be for and can I cap it off as I ...
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Do I need a regulator to connect a tankless water heater to a 20 lb. propane tank?

I am going to hook a tankless water heater to a 20lb propane tank. Do I need a regulator coming off of the propane tank?
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Hot water tank leaking at bottom could it go from a trickle to a gush?

My 20 yr. old gas water heater that's located in my basement has had a slow leak for 6 mos. My husband doesn't feel the need to replace it yet and feels we can just continue soak up the water with a ...
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water temperature varies in new hot water heater

I have a new house with a gas water heater and a recirculating hot water pump to have instant hot water at all faucets, My water temperature varies from luke warm to very hot. Some times the TP valve ...
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A line T-ing off my water heater drain line. What might it be for?

There is a line T-ing off of the DRAIN line at the bottom of my water heater and I don't know what it is for. It is UPSTREAM of the valve that I need to open annually to remove sediment from the ...
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water heater won't stay lit

Looking for suggestions on repairing my water heater. The pilot light won't stay lit. I've cleaned the air intake and checked the venting in the attic but it didn't correct the problem. It will ...
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What is the function of this electric part on my unvented water heater cold water inlet?

Does anyone know what this electric part does? In the photo it's the black plastic block device attached to the pipe on the right hand side (which is the mains inlet to the heater; the left is the hot ...
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Suspect water heater is using too much gas

Not sure if this sounds reasonable, but I think the 8 year old gas water heater in the place I just moved into last month is using more gas than it should be. Gas meter recorded 50 therms used last ...
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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Feedback on why constantly draining. It's starting to flood backyard

There's no leakage near/ around water heater. No slime or build up of any kind. But there's constant hot water drainage coming out through pipe in backyard. It's starting to flood back porch area. ...
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New water heater, now shower goes cold if hot water is used anywhere else in the house

We just replaced a 40 gallon water heater, power vent. The plumbing company said upgrading to code was needed for the plumbing of this water heater. We replaced it with an almost identical model, ...
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Water heater drips from top

Our water heater suddenly started dripping very slowly from the ring on top. The water does not seem to come from any water line. Is this normal as part of condensation or should we be worried? How ...
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Pressure problems with oil boiler

I've been having continued problems with the pressure in my home oil boiler rising to 30psi over time (and then leaking out the pressure relief valve). Technicians have examined it multiple times but ...
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Is this a Direct Vent Water Heater?

My contractor asked me to choose a direct vent water heater and have it delivered. I (generally) understand the difference between direct vent and power vent, having read up on how they both work. ...
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Could my water heater be causing an electric system failure?

My water heater, a Styleboiler VF 100 SE (1200W), has never had any problem. Recently I bought an electricity timer plug (up to 3500W) to put its plug into, in order to dose the amount of electricity ...
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Hot water twin impeller pump wiring to my boiler

I have installed a new Stuart Turner Monsoon twin impeller pump to increase the hot water pressure in my house. The pluming side of things seems to have gone well, however, I am not receiving any ...
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Can turning up the temperature of a water heater damage it?

I've got a 40 gallon water heater, and what I've been finding is that it provides just enough hot water to fill my sizable bathtub, but no more. Which means if I want to rinse off with the shower ...
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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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Will having an expansion tank on the hot water pipe cause any problems?

I want to replace my water expansion tank and I just found out that it is installed in the hot water pipe coming out from the water heater. From what I've read, it should be installed in the cold ...
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Recirculation pump seems to be working, yet no detectable heat on return pipe

Our two-story-on-a-slab house has uninsulated copper pipes, including a recirculation return pipe to a tee on the water heater drain. In past years, the recirculation seemed to give us hot water ...
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Vaillant ecotec 28 boiler pressure problem

I have a Vaillant ecotec pro 28 boiler and the pressure is too high when the heating or hot water is on. It flashes at between 3.2 and 4 bar. After searching online the suggestions were to vent any ...
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Frozen water lines, what should I do with my electric hot water heater?

I woke up yesterday (Thursday) morning to frozen water lines. Left taps open all day and still nothing. I will not be able to get anyone in before Monday or Tuesday to thaw the lines. I don't know ...
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Why does it take so long for my water to run hot and why does it not last in the shower?

I have a State electric compact water heater model 6-120. When I run the faucet it seems to take a long time for the water to run hot. About a minute or two. When I take a shower I can run the hot ...
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Prewarming for tankless waterheater

I have a tankless water heater that is just a little bit to small for our new house - the temperature rise isn't quite enough for the winter months. Our basement is big and relatively warm so I struck ...
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Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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How can I adjust the temperature of my hot water?

I live in California and the winter has been a lot warmer than expected. I would like to decrease the water temperature in my home to try to save money and conserve energy. How do I do this?
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Annual KWh usage of electric ignition on gas water heater

I'm shopping for a new gas water heater and looking at possibly purchasing a more efficient version with electric ignition. However, I'm curious as to whether some of the savings will be offset by ...
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What to do when the cold water valve on the water heater is welded on?

Our hot water seems to be running out faster than usual, and thanks to this site, we were guessing that we probably have a broken dip tube in our gas water heater. Unfortunately, someone in the past ...
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Direct Vent Water Heater Flue Exhaust

We recently moved into a property with 2 water heaters installed in the basement. During the inspection, we were told that the water heaters were relatively new, but the exhausts were "odd". ...
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Is there a specific NEC code specifying the distance between water heaters and electrical panels?

I have a condo in a large building with many identical units. Several times other owners have mentioned that the original layout of the utility room isn't up to code due to the proximity of the water ...
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Low dynamic hot water pressure throughout the house

I recently bought my first home, and the first thing we noticed is that the dynamic hot water pressure is pretty low compared to the cold water pressure. I purchased a water pressure gauge and found ...
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How to prevent sudden changes in water temperature (shower)?

I have an apartment in an older building. The boiler apparently was recently replaced by the building manager in the past few years, but every time I take a shower, the temperature changes are pretty ...
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Code for elevating water heater in garages?

A gas/propane water heater in a garage is elevated. This is to ensure the open flame (at the bottom) is above a certain height (?) to avoid any combustible fuels in the garage from igniting. This all ...
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Can I connect my water heater pan drain to the building waste drain? (CPC)

This question is relative to the California Plumbing Code (CPC), specifically the Sacramento area. I'm doing some remodeling of a bathroom where the water heater pan drain line comes across the ...
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Legal water heater replacement

I'm looking to replace my water heater. I currently have a 15 year old 40 gallon gas water heater, and it's time to go. I had several quotes from local plumbers, and choked at the prices. I'm going to ...
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What disadvantages do thermostatic mixing valves have?

I will soon be buying a new water heater for my home. I want to set the heater to keep the stored water at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), and use a thermostatic mixing valve to ...
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Merging water softener drain line to water heater relief valve drain line

I'm wanting to install a water softener. Can I merge the drain pipe from the softener with the line coming from the relief valve on the top of the water heater? I'm concerned about the elevation of ...
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Water heater on concrete--should I build a platform? how much heat loss in winter?

I don't know if that title the best way to phrase the question. It's winter(ish) now, and I swear the hot water just doesn't last as long as it does in, say, September. The water heater tank is ...
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Electric water heater leaks around the top, how do I fix it?

My water heater is leaking from the top around the copper fittings. It seems to be filled to capacity. Will adjusting my pressure relief valve stop my water heater from leaking? I turned the main ...
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When do tankless water heaters need to be descaled?

I had a Bosch tankless natural gas water heater that stopped working with C7 and EA error codes and the plumber indicated that the unit had failed due to water getting into the internals like the fan ...
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Strange configuration for laundry area needs solutions

We are being given the chance to buy the house we are renting, but I have some major concerns where it comes to the laundry area. You see, the washer hookup and gas hot water tank are in a closet ...
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Electric water boiler .. how is the system supposed to work? (UK)

I'm not from the UK and am used to water being heated on-demand by a gas heater. Having recently moved to London, the flat has electrical heating and I cannot figure out how I'm supposed to set this ...
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Bench soldering copper pipe into a subassembly

Is it possible to pre-assemble and pre-solder copper pipes into a subassembly that then can be installed using a threaded fitting? I'd much rather solder the joints either in an oven environment or ...
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Why the huge difference in cost for Tankless vs Traditional Tank water heater installation?

I recently had my 50 gallon traditional tank natural gas water heater fail on me. It cracked and flooded my garage. After the cleanup I called out my go to plumbing company to come give me an estimate ...
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Why does the pressure relief valve on my gas water heater open at only 115 °F?

I have a new gas water heater; it is doing the same thing as my old one. The pressure relief (T&P, safety) valve will open at 115 °F or after I take a shower when the water heater is heating ...
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Is there a danger of back flow from water heater while replacing a saddle valve?

We have a leaky saddle valve feeding our humidifier. We eventually want to get a real valve installed, but for now are looking for a cheap near-term solution. Here is my concern: the original ...
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My water heater pilot turns off after about an hour

I light the pilot on my water heater, turn the knob to on and the burner ignites and heats water. When the burner shuts off, the pilot light goes out. About two years ago the water line above the ...
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Water heater refuses to light after power outage

I have an AO Smith FPSH 40 252 High-Efficiency gas water heater, about 14 years old. Today we had a power outage due to high winds and when the power came back on, the heater refuses to ignite. The ...
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PVC vent pipes or concentric vent pipes for tankless gas water heater?

I am trying to select a natural gas water heater to install into my house. It has to service two bathrooms with showers and two kitchen sinks, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. I've narrowed my ...