For questions generally relating to the hot-water supply system of a typical residential or commercial building, primarily regarding the heating mechanism itself (a traditional hot water heater tank, tankless heaters including "point-of-use", boilers and heat exchangers, etc).

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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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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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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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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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Newly installed water heater with faint gas smell

Installed a new water heater last night (Rheem Performance Plus Model #XG50T09HE40U0). All went well with installation (including gas line bubble test), but this morning I could detect a faint smell ...
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possible cause for the water heater being unable to be lighted

The water heater could not be lighted. I tried several times without being successful. What could be the possible causes for the water heater to fail to be lighted. This water heater is only 1 and ...
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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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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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What could be causing water to drip from the relief valve of my new gas water heater, again?

I installed a brand new water heater about 4 months ago, noticed that that relief valve was dripping like crazy. Checked the expansion tank and it was filled with water. I replaced it with a brand ...
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How can I monitor the temperature in a hot water heater?

When my hot, water heater runs out of hot water, I have to wait a while until it's hot again. I'd like a way to check the temperature without running water to the faucet every 10 minutes. Is it ...
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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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Does a water heater consume more or less power if one element isn't working?

Will there be more power consumption to heat water in the tank if one of the elements is not working or will it just take twice as long to heat the same amount of water to a preset temperature?
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I stripped the thermocouple adapter on the gas valve on my hot water heater so I cannot connect the thermocouple.

I can tell the connection piece has threads, is there a way to unscrew that piece and replace with a new one? The nut sheared off. Is there a way to alternately connect the end of the thermocouple to ...
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Water Heater Dripping and Hissing Internally

I came home today and found that the gas water heater (traditional tank style) was not working. The pilot light was out so I relit it and the heater came on. After about 10 minutes I noticed that it ...
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Why do both water tanks have hot inputs? Is my boiler (on-demand) feeding into my hot water heater?

I have an interesting setup that I'm trying to understand (without tearing apart sheetrock). I have two electric tank-based water heaters, and a tankless gas water heater that is used for the boiler ...
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shower shock,when hot or cold water is used in other parts of house

our 2 showers, we can't run any other hot or cold water without get extreme hot or cold differentials while in the shower.bought house last year,built in 1985.
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Draining Water Heater

Recently, my water heater started leaking from the top edges. I can see rust lined up all along the outer rim on the top, and water is very slowly trickling out. I've made an appointment with a local ...
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Why do high efficiency water heaters require outside air vents and drains?

All high efficiency water heaters seem to require PVC air intake and vent; the existing water heater I have doesn't have a drain connection or intake vent; only a traditional chimney. What are these ...
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Suspect water heater is using too much gas

Not sure if this sounds reasonable, but I think the 8 year old gas water heater in the place I just moved into last month is using more gas than it should be. Gas meter recorded 50 therms used last ...
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Why does my shower run out of hot water quickly?

My shower runs out of hot water quickly. Initially the water is perfectly hot, then it starts cooling after a minute or so and we need to adjust the lever to maintain the temperature. Somewhere around ...
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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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How do I replace a damaged valve on a water heater?

Near the bottom of my hot water tank there is a plastic valve that looks like it is used for draining the water out of it. It has developed a hairline fracture along the length of it and small jets of ...
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How can I stop the boiler from heating the radiators when only hot water is wanted?

I have Baxi Boiler (model unknown at this precise moment in time) which British Gas have fixed up to a seperate control panel (see image - not our actual panel, image from Google!). The problem is ...
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I want a cheap solution for water heating, maybe even something I can build myself, please give me some ideas

I have a little problem, over summer we choose to run a wetback for our hot water, on some days over summer this is unbearable, please provide some helpful suggestions, things like solar ovens, solar ...
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Why does my hot water heater flame and pilot go out?

Why would Kenmore water heater it lights then burner comes on until tank is all hot but after that it won't light again and flame goes all the way out and then I have to manual light the pilot again?
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Water heater pilot not staying lit

A customers 70 gallon gas fueled Bradford White water heaters' pilot light goes out immediately after releasing the red pilot button when relighting it. I concluded (in order of most likely suspects) ...
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Can I replace the thermopile with a thermocouple in my water heater, and have it work properly?

I'm having a tough time finding a thermopile at Home Depot, and lowes. I can find thermocouples all day long, and I can rig the wiring so I have no loose ends. However, I know those two units don't ...
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Connecting a water heater, what kind of fittings, valves, and adapters?

I'm buying a new water heater, and quite frankly the series of connections and valves are mind boggling. What I'd like to do rather than soldier the pipes together is to go from compression to thread. ...
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Water heater on pilot

so I moved into a new apartment last month. The water wasn't very hot so we thought it was just because the weather has been getting cold. Turns out the water heater has only been on pilot, so the ...
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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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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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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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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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Leave the water heater on?

When I lived in France and the US, we can an electric boiler for hot water. It was "always on", probably with a thermostat. Now I live in an area where most people have a power switch that they turn ...
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Replacing water heater gas control valve

First let me summarize my questions, then provide detail: Summary: Can a newer gas control valve be installed on an older water heater? As an individual who has never attempted something like this ...
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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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Hot water heating system: Renew or replace?

Our home was built around 1963 and has Gas powered Hot water based heating, some portion of the house is floor heated and some with radiators emitting heat from hot water. The heater may be 10-12 ...
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Switching electric boiler off for months — any precautions?

I have an electril 50-litre water heater (boiler) in an appartement that's going to be abandoned probably for several months. I thought about switching off the boiler's electric fuse to switch off the ...
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How does decalcifying work, and is it something I need?

We recently had to replace our water heater because of lack of hot water, age (12 years to the day almost) and sediment build up (it was higher than the lower element; we purchased the home 7 months ...
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Combi boiler doesn't realise it's already lit

I have an Ariston Eurocombi (A23). The problem is it doesn't realise the flame is lit. When I start it up and cause demand (run hot tap or turn on heating) it fires up the flame correctly, however, ...
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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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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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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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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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Replace under warranty Bradford White or get a new Rheem water heater? [closed]

I have a Bradford White water heater that is about 4 years old, still under warranty, and has started leaking. My understanding is that it must be replaced. The plumber I contacted about this told ...