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Electrical wiring question for instant water heater

I am installing a point of use Chronomite SR-20L/240 HTR 240-Volt 20-Amp SR Series Instant-Flow Low Flow Tankless Water Heater. https://www.amazon.com/Chronomite-SR-20L-240-HTR-Instant-Flow/dp/...
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moving electric water heater to old shower cove

doing extensive remodeling of a small (1400 sq ft) house. I want to move the electric water heater to an old shower cove. Getting the wiring there will be easy (its about 5 feet away and all the walls ...
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Why is there yellow water and how to solve this? [closed]

the water (hot?) in our building looks yellow. Is there some of product that will help clean or protect against whatever is causing this? Can we clean or flush out the pipes/water heater to resolve ...
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Hot water issues in apartment [duplicate]

We had changed the shower handle cartridge last year per a plumber's suggestion and it seemed to resolve the situation but apparently it didn't. Right now, for some strange reason, one fixture is ...
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What type of Anode rod should I get for my water heater?

It's time to replace my anode rod and I'm not sure what type I should get (Magnesium, Aluminum, Combination, or Powered). I have a well and use a water softener. I have a high iron content (orange ...
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Hot water temperature fluctuating

I have an 8 year old A.O. Smith gas hot water heater that might be having some issues. What we're seeing is that the hot water temperature in our house has been fluctuating a lot lately. Sometimes ...
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I Replaced Pressure Relief Valve on Rinnai water heater (twice!!). New one does not hold ANY pressure

I just finished replacing the pressure relief valve on my Rinnai hot water heater. Everything went well, I turned on the cold input and wham, water just started gushing out of the relief valve. All ...
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T&P drain line needs to be outside of the house?

I called the gas company to turn on gas. But the engineer left a note saying that "T&P drain line needs to be run outside of house". I called my plumber but he didn't know such a thing. Can ...
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Electric water heaters

I just put in a trailer and was informed that they had just turned on the power. There isn't a water hookup yet. Will it hurt the heater to be on with out water going to it before I can get back?
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Water heater not heating water

Installed new electric water heater. Installed timer. Installed 60 amp double breaker at main panel. Installed sub panel 30 amp double breaker. I'm getting power to the 30 am sub panel and to the ...
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Hot water problem in 2nd bathroom

We have a 2 story house, in the 2nd upstairs bathroom the bath hot water is cold but the basin runs hot then scalding (both are mixer taps). The shower fluctuates between OK and cold. All other hot ...
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Gas water heater auto-shut off when water supply fails?

I recently purchased an off-the-grid summer home. Solar, water collection, and propane for hot water, fridge and freezer. Everything works incredibly well. But we often leave for a few days at a ...
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Best option for DIY water heater platform

16 year old gas water heater started leaking, so time to replace! The old water heater was on a 3-legged stand, and the stand is permanently embedded in to a concrete blob on top of the concrete ...
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Is there an electric tankless water heater that takes multiple electric lines as input?

I currently have a 50 gallon water tank in my house and I want to replace it with a tankless system. The primary reason to replace it is space. I recently installed 2 HeatWorks Model 1 units to test ...
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What are these valves downstream of my water heater?

Our water heater has two valves located on extended pipes perpendicular to the hot and cold water lines. When Spring hit, the maintenance people in my complex mentioned we needed to turn the valves ...
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Corrosion around hot water heater connection?

I installed an electric hot water heater about 3-4 weeks ago. Everything has been operating without problem and there have been no detectable leaks around the water connections into and out of the ...
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Why does water heater closet door jump open?

I have a gas water heater inside a small closet with a door. Sometimes that door jumps open a few inches, as if there is a blast of air pressure inside. This door even has a small vent in it. What ...
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Flow sensor adjustment for Navien 240S natural gas

We installed a Navien 240S natural gas in our house, and it is working fine. Except the short range for hot water valves in the showers. So, in other words, I need to turn shower valve almost all ...
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Gas hot water tank quit working and leaked

I came home from work today to find that the hot water wasn't working. I opened the area to my gas hot water tank and there's a large pool of water on the ground. I checked the pilot light and it ...
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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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How to shut off both cold water and hot water?

I want to install a new basin tap mixer in my bathroom but I cannot find the valve to off the hot water. I can see the cold water valve is under the sink in the kitchen. Here is the water heater on ...
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Minerals when draining water heater

Per the instructions with my new water heater, I drain a gallon from the bottom every month. The previous owner of my home never did anything and that water heater started leaking, hence the ...
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Getting at water heater anode AO Smith ECT40-200

I found this spec sheet for my water heater which shows where the anode is. However I'm not so sure which of two ports is the anode. Here's a picture. In the spec sheet diagram it seems the anode ...
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Are water boilers dangerous when showering?

Where I'm from (Serbia) everybody says to turn off the water boiler (the container that heats up water and stores it for use in the bathroom and shower) when you take a shower or use the bathtub. They ...
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How/where to put hydrogen peroxide in water heater

I just moved into a house that has 2 water heaters. The second one was rarely/never used by previous owner and all the hot water that comes from it is smelly. This came up during the inspections but ...
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Water heater drain pan pump capacity needs?

In the event of water heater failure, I'm considering installing a water heater pan with drain pump per this answer. How can I determine the necessary pump rate? According to the Insurance ...
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Why are water heaters generally installed on a pedestal? [duplicate]

Why are tank-style water heaters generally installed on a 2-3 foot (~0.6-0.7 meter) tall pedestal?
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Water Heater Cold Intake Pipe always drips from drain valve

The cold intake pipe for my water heater has a drain valve with plastic tubing leading to my basement drain. This tubing always has a constant flow of dripping water; basically, my water heater's cold ...
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Can I wire a water heater and tanning bed on the same 220V circuit?

Can I wire a water heater and a tanning bed on the same 220V breaker. I live in Ohio.
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What is causing my gas water heater to make a high pitched noise?

I woke up two mornings ago to water that was colder than usual, so.. I naturally went to check the water heater and the pilot was out, the pilot light has never went out in the 4 years- almost 5 I've ...
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Installed new water heater yesterday, today there is water in the catch pan

Yesterday we installed a new water heater. Pretty straight forward, my father in law has done many of these. I monitored pretty closely for next 12 hours and the catch pan under the water heater ...
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Mystery valve on hot water line from water heater

I have a 1/2" od PVC outside my home with a steady drip of water. It is a few inches above the line that runs to the TPR valve on the water heater (confirmed by opening the valve). It's not the AC ...
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The hot water pressure is low in my shower and tub

What would cause the only the hot water pressure to be low only in the shower. The pressure use to always be strong. It's not the shower head.
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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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Are water heater warranties really relevant quality of the product?

I have a new water heater with an 8 year warranty and I noticed that the warranty length is included in the model number. On the manufacturer's website I couldn't find any information about ...
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What is the impact of moving a geyser outside?

We have an indoor geyser but are considering moving this outdoor to save space. We live in a Mediterranean climate with a cold winter day being 5°C (41°F) and summer temperatures generally ranging ...
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How to flush all the water lines in your house

I live in a small (1-traffic-light) town in upstate NY. Some local village water officials accidentally cracked a water main (feeding water to the entire area) and so the Department of Health had to ...
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Does the gas water heater in my laundry room require a dedicated vent?

I have been told recently by a potential buyer of my home that due to the gas hot water heater in my utility room, with electric washer and dryer, that I need separate venting to bring it up to code. ...
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Broken Hot Water Circulating Pump - Shouldn't I still have hot water in showers eventually?

I have a Grundfos hot water circulator. After turning off the main to the house and the hot water circulator the other day to change out a valve for our dishwasher, the hot water circulator hasn't ...
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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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Do I need to unplug my hot water recirculating pump when I turn off the water to the house?

When I turn off the water to the house (for vacation) and open a faucet to relieve the pressure, I notice that the hot water recirculating pump makes a lot of noise that it doesn't when the water is ...
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Water heater not filled with water before being turned onto hot setting

I had a new water heater installed by a local handy man plumber. My initial concern was tank had 3 dents in it. Was on phone with company (Sears) re: dents, so plumber was delayed some due to phone ...
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Sulfur smell in one hot water heater, but not the other hot water heater

We have two hot water heaters in our house; one is in the attic and one is in our crawl space. We have a sulfur smell coming from the crawl space hot water heater, but the water smells fine coming ...
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Is this flue dangerous?

I had access to a ladder the other day, so naturally I was poking around in the attic of our house where we have lived for about a year. Above the closet where the furnace and water heater are located,...
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Why does apartment plumbing make a rattling noise?

I live in an apartment, and recently the electric water heater was dying. There was a small leak and it stopped heating a couple times. It also made a crazy rattling sound like a little snare drum, ...
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Venting by gas meter

We're looking at installing a natural gas tankless water heater, but the vent option with it (that would be easiest to install through our solid poured walls) would come out about a foot away from the ...
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Is it worth it to pay extra for a stainless steel tank water heater?

I'm getting ready to replace my ancient water heater and wondering whether it makes sense to get to a model with a (edit: 316L) stainless steel inner tank instead of one with the standard glass-lined ...
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Tankless water heater requirements

I'm looking at the possibilities of replacing my water heater. Currently we have an electric, 2 element, 50 gallon tank heater that is 32 years old and almost ready to go. The water can sometimes come ...