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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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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 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 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 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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How to shut off both cold water and hot water?

I want to install a new basin tap mixer in my bathroom but I cannot find the valve to off the hot water. I can see the cold water valve is under the sink in the kitchen. Here is the water heater on ...
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Getting at water heater anode AO Smith ECT40-200

I found this spec sheet for my water heater which shows where the anode is. However I'm not so sure which of two ports is the anode. Here's a picture. In the spec sheet diagram it seems the anode ...
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Water Heater Cold Intake Pipe always drips from drain valve

The cold intake pipe for my water heater has a drain valve with plastic tubing leading to my basement drain. This tubing always has a constant flow of dripping water; basically, my water heater's cold ...
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What is causing my gas water heater to make a high pitched noise?

I woke up two mornings ago to water that was colder than usual, so.. I naturally went to check the water heater and the pilot was out, the pilot light has never went out in the 4 years- almost 5 I've ...
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Water heater not filled with water before being turned onto hot setting

I had a new water heater installed by a local handy man plumber. My initial concern was tank had 3 dents in it. Was on phone with company (Sears) re: dents, so plumber was delayed some due to phone ...
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Why does apartment plumbing make a rattling noise?

I live in an apartment, and recently the electric water heater was dying. There was a small leak and it stopped heating a couple times. It also made a crazy rattling sound like a little snare drum, ...
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Tankless water heater beeps and causes power surge

We have a new tankless water heater. Every time we turn on water lights through out house flicker and water heater starts beeping. Any ideas on what causes this to happen??
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Electric water heater power switch

Q1: Should there be a(n emergency) power switch next to an electric water heater? Q2: If A1 is no, is it okay to have one anyway? Q3: If A2 is yes, what kind of power switch should I use? I don't ...
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elec hot water heater stopped heating after water was shut off for repair

i am in a mobile home with a 9 month old elec hot water heater. They turned off the water yesterday due to a water main break. now it is not heating. help
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Could my New Hot Water Tank be improving my Furnace

I've gone thru 2 blower motors in my furnace in 3 yrs. Techs don't know why. I purchased a New Water Tank recently and it seems strange but my furnace is working better. Usually I could hear noises ...
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Are all boiler heating systems closed?

Are all boiler heating systems closed? In other words, are they all filled with water that is just constantly recirculated, or are there some that put the outgoing water elsewhere?
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Can I relocate my electric water heater under a basement window?

I am currently making floor plans for my finished basement in Ohio. I had a pipe near a frost free spigot rupture two years ago but that was because of a faulty washer. Is relocating the water heater ...
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Hot water no longer coming from water tank (air lock??)

Two days ago I disconnected and capped the water supply to a set of taps for an old laundry sink in my basement. I turned off the cold water supply to the house and also to the hot water tank before ...
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Solar Panel Collector type for Caribbean

I live in the Caribbean and am looking to get a solar water heater system. I’m looking into flat panel or evacuated tube system. I got an offer for an evacuated tube system with a stainless steel tank ...
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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?
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water temperature varies in new hot water heater

I have a new house with a gas water heater and a recirculating hot water pump to have instant hot water at all faucets, My water temperature varies from luke warm to very hot. Some times the TP valve ...
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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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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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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 would the water pressure seem to change after installing a new water heater?

We replaced our water heater recently and in less than 12 hours the TPV started dribbling water out of it. Shortly after the installation we noticed an increase in the water pressure when the toilet ...
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Clicking sound from water heater after flushing toilet?

Sorry if this question has already been asked but I have a random question about my water heater to see if this is anything I need to be worried about. To start off I live in an apartment complex and ...
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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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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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Running Shower Faucet After Hot Water Heater's Off

I was awoke by a chemical smell from my electric hot water heater. The past two weeks I noticed my shower was not getting/staying very hot during my 10 minute showers. Thinking not too much about it, ...
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How to calibrate continuous water Gas Heater?

i have installed a gas continuous water gas heater, it is around 30 mts of pipe away. my shower has a mixer valve (one unique lever for both the hot and cold water). The problem is, whenever I am ...
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How long will it be before my hot water heater blows up without a thermal expansion tank?

the county where I live put in the "check valve" or backflow device. Not sure, but I know they said you need to get a thermal expansion tank or the pressure could blow up the water heater. I spoke ...