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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why did my hot water stop?

I have a Rinnai RL94 tankless water heater. Today something went wrong and now I have no more hot water. The machine is not showing any kind of error code like it has in the past when things went ...
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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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How do I prevent harmonic resonance hum in PVC vent of newly installed hot water heater?

I just had a new power vented water heater installed (HTProducts Phoenix Light Duty) in our crawlspace. The contractor that put it in used part of the existing 3" concentric vent from the furnace we ...
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How can I prevent the intake vent for an on demand water heater from getting plugged?

We have a Navien on demand water heater. The intake and outlet vent pipes run out through the poured concrete foundation and have a plastic grill on the end. If the intake vent is blocked in any way ...
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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 water heater?
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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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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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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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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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What is causing my gas water heater to squeal?

I have a gas water heater. Starting yesterday, when the flame is on, the unit makes a squealing noise of moderate volume. The noise stops immediately when the flame turns off. This means it is not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Running computers in basement storage room safely

I have kinda an odd one. I'm mostly concerned about fire safety here and am not concerned about power, I already know how to handle that properly. I have a somewhat large basement with an unfinished ...
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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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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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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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Does a broken TPR valve disable the water heater?

Would the pressure release valve going bad on a water heater cause the water heater to quit working?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Channellock pliers can get a grip, but slips off pretty easily. Is there something ...
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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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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 is the first shower of the day is colder than the second?

Description Since I've moved into this house, I've noticed that the first shower of the day is colder than the any subsequent shower. More specifically, if no hot water has been used for a while, ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...