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Why does my gas water heater's pilot light go out when I replace the outer door?

I have a 9 year old Bradford White gas water heater, model MI403S6FBN4. The pilot light went out today, and when I went to re-light it, it stays lit while the pilot button is held down, and it stays ...
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Inline water heater temperature floor?

I have an inline water heater. Once it gets hot it will stay that way for 20+ minutes at a time easily. When the shower gets used it feels like their is a floor in how cold the water will get - if ...
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Is it OK to drill through a jack stud/full stud pair to cut a hole for water heater drain pipe?

I just had a new water heater installed in my garage. My city building / plumbing codes require that the water heater overflow drain be drained to the outside of the house. Situation: The heater ...
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Why is the pilot on my GE water heater turning off when the burner turns off?

I have 2 GE 28 gallon water heaters, both of which have the same problem. The water heater is turning off after a while, and I have to light the pilot again to got hot water. What could be causing the ...
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How should I connect nipples to a hot water heater?

I recently installed my new hot water heater. I know nothing about plumbing and my installation procedure was informed only by sketchy home depot employees and youtube. One of the issues I'm having ...
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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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Plumber told me it's unsafe to drain my water heater — what should I do?

We are new homeowners. Our 11-year-old 2nd-floor water heater was leaking and the first plumber who came told us he would need to come back with a partner to take it away. I asked if I could drain ...
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How do I turn off my water heater drain?

I read that draining the water heater is general good practice. The problem is that I don't know how to turn off the draining plug. It kept draining water through the night. Here is a picture of the ...
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Can I reuse an abandoned roof vent?

I have a house that has an old 8-10 inch diameter vent that used to be used as stove/oven vent. I think that newer gas ovens don't require venting like a water heater needs (ie they don't have a ...
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Properly venting a gas water heater

Ahh, the joys of an old house. The former owners of my house did some funky stuff with venting the water heater. Let me explain: the water heater is in the basement there is a 3 in single walled ...
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how do I remove a stubborn element from a water heater?

I need to pull and replace the elements in my water heater. the problem is, I can't get the old ones out. my channellocks can get a grip, but slips off pretty easily. is there something better for ...
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Tankless cold 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 cold water heater two years ago. Our hot water is very inconsistent. When ...
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Could this corrosion be caused by faulty ground wiring?

What might cause slight corrosion atop a tankless water heater's copper topped element assembly? I checked all the grounding and reconnected the two element assembly grounding wires and ensured ...
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What are the three copper connections to my water heater?

Why do I have 3 copper pipes in my gas water heater? It seems two are cold and one is hot. All videos I see online show only two pipes; one for cold coming in, one for hot going out.
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How can I remove a temperature and pressure relief valve that seems to be stuck?

I have a hot water heater relief valve that is leaking heavily. The water heater manual states I should replace the valve (which is OK by me). Unfortunately, I am not able to remove the valve as it ...
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Why is my electric water heater not working?

I have electric heating in my flat. My water is not heating up even though the timer light comes on and the immersion light comes on. Any idea what it could be?
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What temperature should I set my hot water heater to?

When adjusting my hot water heater, what temperature should I set it to? Is the answer different if you have: Concerns about diseases A dishwasher Young children or elderly that can be easily burned ...
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What's the next step in troubleshooting my electric water heater?

We have a SpaceSaver (Model number: SS012SEB15), single-element 120v/1500w hot water heater which worked great until one day it went completely cold. First thing was I tested the voltage to the ...
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How do I diagnose and fix an electric water heater leak?

I have an Electric Water Heater, seemingly leaking from the top of the tank. The "wells" on top are filling up with water. There are no noticeable leaks from the pipes above. Each water attachment ...
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Why is my water heater leaking?

Last night after I took a shower, I heard water still running and I saw that it was leaking from the bottom of the heater. I shut off the hot water and it still wouldn't stop, so I turned the water ...
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What could be causing corrosion on a water heater burner?

Every 6 to 8 months or so my water heater (A.O. Smith 'Power Shot' high-efficiency) stops heating. The first time this happened (mid 2010) a plumber friend discovered that the burner had some ...
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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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Does a larger solar water heater equate to better water pressure?

Please excuse my ignorance - we want to buy a typical slanted rooftop solar water heater for our home. We thought 200L would be an acceptable capacity, but the vendor we visited today said that we ...
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Is it time to replace my water heater?

I have a 20+ year old, 115 gallon, electric water heater. Works like a champ, but I'm considering replacing it for a couple of reasons. It's leased - I pay $20/mo. It's 115 gallons for a house with ...
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What would cause a water pressure drop after tripping a breaker?

I recently plugged my laptop into a cheap powerbar, which caused said-powerbar to short. This tripped the "sockets" circuit on the breaker, which, upon resetting, caused power to begin flowing to ...
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How should I avoid corrosion at this water heater connection?

I installed a new water heater 2-3 years ago. I put 3/4 pipe to PEX adapters on it and then used pex to connect to my house. On the hot water outlet, corrosion and rust is forming. I bought some ...
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Why does my Rinnai Infinity water heater fire up after turning off the cold tap?

I have a Rinnai Infinity XR20. It's about 3 years old. I've just recently noticed a peculiar issue with it that I hadn't noticed before. If I turn on a cold tap like the one to the garden hose and ...
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What advantages does bending copper pipes have over joining many parts without brazing?

These questions are in context of a DIY solar water heater I am planning (another separate question). The copper pipes in question, are supposed to carry around hot water using thermo-siphon ...
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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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Is it safe to install this hot water tank from ebay?

Is it safe for me to replace my electric hot water tank with this continuous electric unit that I bought on ebay? (I'm in Australia) Technical Specifications rated power 6.0KW ...
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How can I prevent a tankless propane on-demand water heater from freezing up in very cold climates?

We are considering installing a tankless propane on-demand water heater in a residential setting, where multiple tenants use a shared bathing facility (presently served satisfactorily by a 40 gal ...
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How can I fix this leaky water heater?

I have an electric Water heater and it is starting to leak from what I believe to be the pressure release valve. I just wanted some tips on how I can fix this before the leak becomes unmanageable. The ...
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Is it practical to install a second water heater near my kitchen?

My bathroom and my kitchen are very far apart in my house. The original water heater is in the bathroom. Is it practical to install a second water heater (small) near the kitchen so that it runs (the ...
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Why am I not getting hot water from my tankless hot water heater?

I just bought my house last year. The previous owner had just replaced the boiler before I closed. I had oil delivered the day that I moved in. I had problems with the hot water right away as it ...
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How to determine tankless water heater requirements?

I'm considering replacing my insufficient 30 gallon gas water heater with a tankless water heater equivalent to 50 gallon gas heater. I know a 50 gallon heater would serve my needs. Questions ...
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How can I improve my hot water heater's performance?

I don't have the equipment details on hand but could probably get them if needed. It's a pretty standard boiler + hot water heater + pump set up. Often the hot water coming out of the shower faucet ...
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Can replacing a T&P valve be done as DIY by a home owner?

I want to replace the T&P valve on my gas water heater since it is dripping water all the time. I talked to a couple of people such as my friend and a salesperson at a Home Improvement Store. They ...
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What could cause a shower to give warm water for a few seconds, then only cold water?

The house has four bedrooms. The 40 gallon gas water heater is about 60 feet from this shower. The house is a one story house in flat terrain. I have already changed the mixing faucet for the shower, ...
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Why is my hot water heater making my water smell like sulfur?

I have an electric hot 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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Why is my electric hot water heater producing lukewarm/cold water?

Yesterday after returning home from work I discovered my hot water is not working. When you turn on the faucet (any in the house) just a little warm water comes out and then it turns cold. I checked ...
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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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Why does pressure relief valve state 'Not for Use with Water Heaters'?

So I replaced my 6.5 year old electric hot water (installed with house built in 06') heater and used an identical plumbing setup as my previous install. My previous (and now current) install has a ...
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Where could the air in the water system be coming from?

We live on the top two floors of a small brownstone walkup. To get the heating to work upstairs I need to bleed the baseboard heater almost every other day. All faucets in the house sputter, and the ...
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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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What dangers are associated with changing the pilot light assembly on a gas water heater?

My A O Smith ProMax gas water heater started going out at various intervals. I would re-light it and it might stay lit for a few minutes, few hours, or even a day or so. I figured it was the ...
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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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Should I install an inline water heater for my bathroom?

It takes 3-4 minutes of the shower running before the hot water reaches my upstairs bathroom. I'd like to not have to waste all that water and time. My initial though was to install an inline water ...
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What's with the different FHR ratings of these hot water tanks?

We're replacing our tank with a more efficient one and we can't go tankless given the cold input temperatures in Canada and the amount of output we need (for a triplex with 7 people). So I've been ...
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Why does the hot water run cold at less than 'full throttle'?

I'm as environmentally conscious as the next American (probably not very) but here's an example: I like to rinse dishes that I've just washed in a stream of hot water as this works best for drying. I ...
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Should a water heater's anode be replaced?

I hear conflicting information on replacing the anode bar on a water heater or not since the water heater will be replaced anyway. Should the anode bar be periodically replaced? Why? How often?