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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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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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Tankless water heater and inconsistent water temperature

We recently brought a house that was built in 1927, and much of it has been updated. The previous owners put in a tankless water heater two years ago. Our hot water is very inconsistent. When someone ...
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What can cause an electric water heater to stop working?

Last night my electric water heater stopped working and I'd like to figure out whats wrong with it before going off and calling a repair service. What are some things I can do to troubleshoot this? ...
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What is the proper way to clean a water heater?

I have heard many times that it is good to clean your water heater about once a year by flushing it. I went to look online to find the proper way to do so and found many people recommending different ...
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What can cause foggy/misty/gray water when water heater is turned off?

This may be expected behavior but I thought I'd ask anyway... We recently had gas turned off at our house in preparation for a fumigation this weekend. We have a gas water heater (with a tank) so ...
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Why is the gas water heater pressure valve leaking after installing recirculation pump & old radiator?

Kind of a complex situation. Using gas water heater as a boiler for an old cast iron radiator. In addition we added a recirculation pump. Everything was working fine but then we had leaking from water ...
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Do I need to shut off the gas to my water heater, when I shut off the cold water intake to fix a leaking hot water faucet in my basement sink?

I need to replace a leaking hot water faucet in my basement laundry sink. To do this I need to shut of the hot water going into that faucet. The only option I see is to turn off the cold water intake ...
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Low hot water pressure in one fixture after water heater replacement

I just had my water heater replaced (by a professional) and everything is great except the bathtub fixtures (shower head and tub faucet) in just one bathroom. The water pressure is really low, ...
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Water heater problem

I'm going out on a limb posting here, but I'm really at a loss. I live in an apartment, built roughly 30 years ago. In the last two weeks I've had to call maintenance as I've lost hot water. Each ...
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Is there any harm in turning my water heater to off or to pilot for perhaps six months?

I'm finding I use almost no hot water at home (shower at gym, launder in cold; a bit for dishes) and am wondering if I can just turn the hot water tank off, or at least to just pilot, for up to say ...
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T&P valve draining - expansion tank issues?

I am having issues with my Water Heater. It's a slantfin tankless boiler (TR-30 PT). It's running on a 4 zone setup. I typically only use one of the zones though. We've been in the home for a year and ...
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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 ...
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What should I use to cover the walls of an alcove for a water heater?

My water heater is located in an alcove on the back corner of the house. Today I found water line leaking from the heater, replaced and it is good now. I have always just assumed the walls and ...
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Why would the water pressure seem to change after installing a new water heater?

We replaced our water heater recently and in less than 12 hours the TPV started dribbling water out of it. Shortly after the installation we noticed an increase in the water pressure when the toilet ...
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How long should the hot water last during a shower?

Given a 40 gallon natural gas water heater, and a shower head with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. How long should the shower be able to maintain 105°F water temperature? Assume the average ...
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What could cause my electric water heater to over heat water?

About a year ago our 15 year old electric water heater heated the water nearly to the boiling point until the breaker on the tank shut off the power. When I reset the breaker the temperature went ...
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Water heater leaking from the top?

I recently noticed that water is pooling on the top of my water heater. When I took a closer look it appears that the leak is coming from where a metal hose comes into the top of the water heater. ...
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How to prevent pressure from dropping from my water heater?

Until two weeks ago, my parents house used one water heater ( noted "1" on the picture) to provide two bathrooms and the kitchen with hot water. The bathroom on the first floor consists of a bathtub ...
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Why is water heater making the water smell like sulfur?

I have an electric water heater that gives the water a sulfur smell. It is only from the hot water. I have heard that changing the anode in the unit can help. If this is the case, what material ...
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Rust in gas flame area of water heater, should be replaced?

There is rust right above the gas flame in our water heater (not outside the water heater as in this question Rust spots on water heater -- time to replace? or on the inside where the sacrificial ...
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Why does my hot water smell like wood smoke?

We live in MN, in a house built in 2008 (and our water heater, installed in the basement, is about that vintage). For the past few weeks, I'm detecting a smoky smell from the hot water out of a ...
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Water tank and timer (UK)

We recently moved into a small flat in the UK. For hot water we have an electric water tank with a main switch and electric timer: I made the following experiments: Main switch on / Timer on – ...
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Why is my hot water running out quickly regardless of other household water usage?

I've noticed that my shower, which used to run hot water for what seemed like forever, now can only produce about 15 minutes of hot water. This doesn't appear to be related to other water usage in the ...
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What could cause my water tank to leak only when I turn off the main water supply?

I travel quite a bit and so leave my water heater breaker off - as I travel for extended periods (months). In the past I used to leave the main water valve (near the meter) on - and would turn off ...
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What's causing the smell in my basement?

I suspect my natural gas water heater is filling the basement with an off-putting odor similar to what it smells like when someone gets a perm. I guess you could say its like the sulfur/rotten egg ...
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What does the low pressure light on my Rinnai tankless water heater mean?

We have a Rinnai tankless water heater in the basement. Our housemate has a bathroom in the basement. About once a week, the water turns cold during her showers or when she uses the sink. We have no ...
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Should I replace an old breaker or add a new one?

Our old circuit breaker for our water heater seems to be at the end of its life. However, the breaker also controls our well system, and the breaker is only 20 amps. Is it okay for us to just replace ...
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Why is my water expansion tank leaking?

I live in the northeastern US and we just turned the heat on (oil) and this morning I went down to the basement and saw this: The water is coming from the plumping above something labeled "water ...
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Is it possible to make my own solar water heater?

After blowing (what I consider) a lot of money on 2 residential solar water heaters, over the last 6 years, dealing with 3 set of rather expensive inner-tank replacements, evacuation pipe changes I am ...
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Using PEX for a water heating system

I am replacing my existing faucet plumbing with red / blue PEX all over the house. Everything that goes to the sink, dishwasher, washer, bathroom sink and so on will be color coded and installed ...
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How to measure water pump pressure in a spa heating system?

Short version (TL;DR): how can I measure the output pressure of a water pump in a spa heating system and verify that it is within the gas heater input pressure specs? The Whole Story I'm trying to ...
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troubleshooting a hot tub/spa that won't heat up

We have a Hotsprings/Watkins brand hottub/spa that came with the house we bought last September. At the time that we bought it, the hot tub appeared to work and heat up properly. However, now that ...
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Why is boiling hot water coming out of every faucet, and even the toilet?

Help! I live in a 80 unit condo (8 floors), with hot water tanks on the top floor (4). They flow down 13 different lines to different units and hot water is recirculated through recirc pipes. ...
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How can I go back to a gas water heater?

I recently got a condo unit (low rise condo) on the 4th (top) floor. The unit previously had a gas water heater but was replaced with an electric unit after the gas one broke down I suppose. This was ...
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What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?

I have a Gas Reliance Water Heater 1212. I found recently (in winter) there is a water dip through the relief valve into a 5 gallon bucket. Sometimes, it can fill the whole bucket. Sometimes, it has ...
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Addressing irregular water pressure

Some time ago I posted about issues with my tankless water heater, concerned about the water going cold mid shower. Recently I found the issue isn't in the water heater - there are times when all ...
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I've noticed the water from the sink won't heat up, while the water in both bathrooms heats fine.

I've been renting this home for more than a year and there have been a lot of plumbing issues - mostly leaks, but the water in the kitchen has always heated fine. There is a leak under the sink as ...
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How to determine gas leak on a water heater?

My gas water heater is certainly leaking gas. I can smell it. Using the image below, it seems like it might be coming from the red circle where the dial connects to the thermostat or the blue circle ...
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What could cause my tankless water heater to make a knocking sound?

I recently replaced my water heater with a tankless unit (Rheem). After installation I noticed that whenever I turned on the hot water; or when my central heating unit would turn on, the tankless unit ...
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Why won't my pilot light stay lit on my hot water heater?

I have a reliance model 5 30 NORS971 gas HOT WATER tank. The basement flooded a little and put out the pilot. When it would not light, I replaced the pilot tip and went ahead and replaced the ...
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Is it okay to put a heat pump water heater in a crawl space?

I have a pretty large crawl space. It is 80 inches wide and around 7 feet high. I am looking to replace the 50 gallon electric water heater with the new Geo Spring Water heater by GE This unit is wide ...
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Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?

The pilot light went out on my gas water heater. I followed the instructions and had it lit three times now for about 15 minutes each time but it wont stay lit. Not sure what to do at this point?
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Will a water heater use more or less power overall if equipped with larger or smaller heating elements?

For electric water heaters that can be obtained with various different options for the size and power draw of their heating elements, will larger elements use more power overall? For example, let's ...
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Should I unplug the timer on the water heater when shutting off water to the house?

If I shut the water off to the house, do I need to unplug the timer on the cold water heater?
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Why won't my water heater blower shut off?

My water heater has a blower attachment that kicks on when the water heater begins to heat water and shuts off when it is done. I'm no water heater expert, but I believe that these actions are ...
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Is it safe to shut off cold water entering water heater?

I have a pretty bad situation at my place. I have a leaky shower faucet which has gone from drips to a steady stream. I calculated the flow at .3 gallons per minute. My very old home has no private ...
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Can I add elbows to move a b-vent exhaust?

I am planning out a kitchen remodel, and would like to move the main exhaust vent for the water heater about 4-6 inches from where it currently passes through the kitchen area. The catch is that I ...
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Can I use duct tape instead of a draft hood?

I have a small opening between my vent and water heater. Instead of buying a draft hood, is there any harm in using duct tape?