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answered Smelly water in between washer barrels
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comment How do you know when you need a new water heater?
The replacement was a little more than I alluded to above, as the copper flex lines from the previous installations were soldered onto the supply pipes. I had to sweat those off, as well as a screw-type supply shutoff which I replaced with a ball valve, and then I soldered threaded garden-hose-style connectors onto the pipes with corresponding flexlines, so the next replacement won't require a blowtorch. The only thing I couldn't reconnect the way it had been was the T&P valve (which came out the top of the original tank), so I just attached a copper line that will drain to the floor.
Apr
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comment How do you know when you need a new water heater?
As an epitaph, the inner tank of the Kenmore finally corroded through and water started leaking out the top of the tank; luckily it happened in early daylight hours so we caught it quickly (and the tank's in the garage so nothing was permanently damaged). I replaced it with a comparable-capacity Whirlpool unit.
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Jan
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comment Heater/blower always on
The remaining question I guess is where to find an exact replacement, if that's even possible. If it's not possible, the question is whether the longer delays on the new sequencer will cause any problem. What I ended up doing for now was swapping the sequencers and using the aux switch on the faulty one to control the second stage element. It's working fine for now, but if another switch on either sequencer blows I have to have a replacement.
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comment How can I determine if my receptacles are grounded, and how can I fix it if they are not?
@BradGilbert - I would not. If a licensed electrician touches any part of a home wiring installation, everything upstream of that must be brought up to code. So, given that a GFCI requires a ground in order to function, the electrician must create a suitable ground path for at least that one receptacle. Merely labeling the outlet as being ungrounded is not kosher; the label can be removed or fade over time and then the information is lost.
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