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Why can't I get hot water quickly at my vanity sink?

Whenever I turn on the hot water, it takes 3-4 min to get hot water at the vanity. It takes 1-2 min. for the shower. I have a gas heater. Can it be fixed or does it need to be replaced?
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How should a water heater drain pan be installed on a concrete slab floor?

My water heater sits on a concrete slab floor in my utility room next to a wall with a bathtub drain, and a few feet over from my washing machine drain. When I replace the heater I would like to ...
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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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Is this electric water heater wiring correct?

I recently re-wired my water heater from 120v to 240v. I'm not sure why it was wired with 120v to begin with, but it was not providing enough volume of hot water. I looked up basic thermostat wiring ...
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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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How should I install a new water heater?

I have recently shifted to San Diego. I am planning to install my own water heater. Can anyone guide me on below questions: Should I place my water heater next to furnace? Should I have a common ...
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How can I adjust the temperature of my hot water?

I live in California and the winter has been a lot warmer than expected. I would like to decrease the water temperature in my home to try to save money and conserve energy. How do I do this?
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Annual KWh usage of electric ignition on gas water heater

I'm shopping for a new gas water heater and looking at possibly purchasing a more efficient version with electric ignition. However, I'm curious as to whether some of the savings will be offset by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are large temperature variation in a water heater normal?

I live in an apartment with a water tank and heater in the laundry room. About a month ago I had the heater replaced because it was leaking on my floor. Right after it was installed I noticed the ...
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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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Would connecting the downpipe to a gas boiler inlet save energy?

I have a condensing gas boiler for tap-water and central heating. Not very far from the inlet there is a downpipe outlet for the sewer. Since this smelly pipe is partially filled with the same ...
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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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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 hot should my hot water heater vent get?

My gas hot water heater's flue/vent is very hot to the touch. Is that normal? How hot should it get?
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Water Heater Gas B-Vent Install

I installed a new water heater and want to vent it right. The old water heater used ABS pipe since it had a blower. Basically I have a 3" b gas vent pipe coming in and connecting to a flex gas pip ...
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Water Heater PRV keeps opening

I have a water heater that is 20 years old. When we turn up the water temp the pressure release value opens and drains water into the overflow pipe. The issue is this then overflows from the top of ...
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water heater vent

In the water heater closet, the water heater is vented through the roof. There is a vent pipe that goes through the floor in the same closet. What would this vent pipe be for and can I cap it off as I ...
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What is the function of this electric part on my unvented water heater cold water inlet?

Does anyone know what this electric part does? In the photo it's the black plastic block device attached to the pipe on the right hand side (which is the mains inlet to the heater; the left is the hot ...
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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Feedback on why constantly draining. It's starting to flood backyard

There's no leakage near/ around water heater. No slime or build up of any kind. But there's constant hot water drainage coming out through pipe in backyard. It's starting to flood back porch area. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is there no hot water in the kitchen after flushing our water heater?

My husband and I recently moved into a new house that has two water heaters. One is gas and supplies the main portion of the house, the second is electric and (as far as we can tell) only supplies the ...
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How close can an electric water heater and an electric furnace be to each other?

How close can an electric water heater and an electric furnace be to each other? My water heater is 7 inches from my furnace. I need 4 inches so that I can install a water softener and wash sink. So ...
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Desuperheater vs Heat Pump Water Heater

I'm having a geothermal heating system installed in my home, and the contractor recommended heating my water using a buffer tank and desuperheater, which is a device that cools the refrigerant lines ...
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How much distance do I need to branch from water heater?

I moved my washer and dryer next to my electric water heater. I would like to know how close to the tank can I branch the hot and cold water lines. I would like to use a 3/4 to 1/2 inch reducer at the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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WATER AND HOT WATER TANK

Went to change "element" AFTER draining hot water tank using hose attached to drain nozzle at bottom of tank. Drained for almost an entire day. When I went to unscrew and changed existing element ...
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Can the water heater be damaged if the gas has been shut off?

Can the water heater be damaged if the gas has been turned off for a period of time?
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Does a hot water heater have to be completely full for the water to heat?t

We installed a new water heater and it is not hot. We think it is full. My question is does a hot water heater have to be completely full for the water to heat. We think we may possibly have a leak in ...
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Solar water heater size

I want to build my own solar water heater. It should heat about 20-30l of water per day to about 60°C. There is about 4-5h of direct sunlight to the place I thought of putting it. How big should my ...
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Do I need to replace the thermal expansion tank when replacing a water heater?

I'm considering replacing my water heater. My existing heater has an expansion tank attached to the top; should I look into replacing that at the same time or is the life expectancy on those longer?