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Should my water heater drip constantly?

My wife was home today during a follow-up visit from the sump pump replacement we had as a result of my sump pump issue. After solving the problem, the plumber opened a the release valve from the ...
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Can a washer and dryer be next to a water heater?

I have a GE gas dryer (DSXH47GGWW) that is currently next to an exterior basement wall. I'd like to move it to the opposite wall (shared with the crawl space) right next to the water heater next to ...
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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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Are galvanised steel pipes suitable for supplying hot water?

I am living in an old building where the old galvanized steel pipes are still in use indoors. Rather than upgrading to copper pipes, can I reuse these galvanized steel pipes for hot water (from a ...
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Local “point of use” hot water heater

This question is a follow-up to It takes a minute or more for the water to become hot from any of the faucets in my house -- how can I speed this up?. I have a tankless water heater, and it takes ...
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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 okay to flush water heater onto the drip pan with drain hole?

Our water heater is on the second floor and we need to have it flushed. It has a drip pan with a hole that has a tube attached to it. Common sense tells me that I can flush the water heater directly ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?
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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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Can I reuse cold water copper pipes for hot water?

I have a segment of copper pipe for supplying cold water to my gas heater currently. It runs inside a wall so I don't want to replace it. Now I need to change the piping and want to reuse that ...
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After installing expansion tank, massive buildup of pressure then a trickle?

I am completely stumped. You guys helped me out a lot with my previous question here: New gas water heater dripping relief valve, have expansion tank, what gives? Turns out the expansion tank ...
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How do you know when you need a new water heater?

Our hot water is hot sometimes, but not always. For example I might be able to fill up a tub with hot water one morning, but the next morning the water might be cold. This is our first home and when ...
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Should I run two gas water heaters if I don't need to?

We purchased a house recently that has two water heaters(configured in series). I just realized that the first one hasn't been running as the thermocouple was defective. For 6 months we had no problem ...
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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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How can I identify the source of a leak at the hot water heater?

My water heater has a slow leak. From what I can tell so far it is coming from either the cold water inlet or the hot water connection. The cold water inlet seems to be the culprit to me because that ...
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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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Water heater builds up excessive pressure only when reheating the tank. What's going on?

The pressure release valve on my water heater will trip predictably after a significant amount of hot water has been used (e.g. dishwasher, laundry, long shower) releasing 16 oz or less of water. It ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I prevent water from entering through water heater/furnace exhaust vent?

I have an exhaust vent in my basement (Amerivent Type B) which takes the exhaust from my gas furnace and water heater goes out the basement wall, and up my chimney. A little bit water is coming in to ...
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How do I improve hot water pressure from a gas combination boiler?

I have a gas combination boiler (no hot water tank). The hot water pressure isn't very good though - the showers and hot taps come out with maybe half the pressure when compared to the cold straight ...
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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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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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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 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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How well would a hydronic furnace work with a gas tankless water heater?

My current heating system (in Ontario) is an oil hot water tank in a closed loop with a hydronic forced-air furnace (Enerzone XAH 68). The water circulates through what is basically a heat exchanger ...
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Is it OK to have a gas water heater in a bedroom closet?

I have a laundry room with a gas water heater in the closet. I was thinking about taking out the washer and dryer and renting the laundry room as a bedroom because there is a bathroom next to the ...
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Is it safe to simply replace a heating element in an electric water heater?

The bottom element in my water heater burned up. I took the bottom panel off, and everything inside was scorched - the insulation, the plastic cover, the thermostat - even the edges of the panel. The ...
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What could be causing water to drip from the relief valve of my new gas water heater?

My old hot water tank met its maker about two or three weeks ago, and since then I have installed a new Kenmore 50 gallon gas water heater to replace it. The new water heater seems to work fine, 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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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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What could cause the hot water not to work after replacing a water heater?

I replaced my hot water heater and now the hot water doesn't run in any of my faucets. What could be the problem? I did not have to replace any piping from old hot water heater and the water ran fine ...
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How does a water-heater know when to turn on?

Now that it is getting colder, we have noticed that when we get home from work, our water is not that hot. It was warm at best after a four-day trip. The water heater is in an unheated basement, ...
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A boiler and a hot water tank … what is this configuration? (UK)

I'm a west-coast American living in London. I've mostly known homes with electric baseboard and central forced air heating, and a single hot water tank for showers and taps. In the UK hot water fed ...
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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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Two Water Heaters - One off affecting the other?

We recently moved into a property with 2 water heaters installed. These were installed less than 3 years ago, so they are relatively new. Now, in an effort to conserve electricity (we are just 3 ...
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Why won't my gas water heater light?

Everything was working last night but no hot water this morning. Things I have checked: gas supply to the house is fine electricity is going to the boiler fuses are good sounds like the water pump ...
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Is corrosion on top to an otherwise working electric water heater dangerous?

I moved into a house with an electric hot water heater. The heater is old (11 years) but works just fine. However, the top of the tank has extensive corrosion, especially around the connections for ...
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Can I use a small propane instant hot water heater for a clothes washer?

I would like to set up a clothes washer in a location that has only cold water. (It will be in a makeshift shed of some kind, with a hose and an extension cord.) I could just wash everything in cold ...
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Hot water stops flowing after clunking noise

When I turn the hot water on in the bathroom faucet, a clunking noise sounds, and the water stops flowing. If I open the faucet quickly, it happens immediately. If I open the faucet slowly, it takes ...
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Why does my Paloma tankless water heater turn off randomly without errors?

We have a Paloma Tankless water heater, model: PTG-74PVN that shuts down when in use for a few minutes. There is no code displayed on the screen, it just powers down. This started happening a few ...
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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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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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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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Does a thermocouple need to be screwed in to work?

I'm recently having trouble with a water heater. The pilot light with ignite just fine, but will go out after releasing the reset button, even after holding it for over a minute. That makes me think ...
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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 ...