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Did the plumber hook up my water heater backwards?

I just had a plumber install a new 50 gallon water heater, but the cold water pipe is installed to the hot side (the left pipe when facing the front of the heater) and the hot water pipe is installed ...
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Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?

When I bought my baseboard heaters, thermostats and 220V breakers I was advised to get 12/3 wire. When I attempted to install the heaters I found that the thermostats, heaters, and even breakers have ...
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What could be causing my water heater inlet pipe to corrode?

There is corrosion forming on the inlet and TP valve connections to my water heater; the outlet seems to be fine. More specifically, the nipples are what is corroding. I have read the copper pipe ...
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Why would a patio heater slowly die out over time?

I have a propane (not LP) patio heater similar to this one... using a 20-lb. propane tank... I have an issue where the flame will slowly die down over a period of time. Let's say within 30 minutes ...
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Is 10/2 cable appropriate for a 240V, 30A garage heater outlet?

I would like to add a garage heater (Cadet "The Hot One" - 5000/3333watts - two settings) I currently do not have any 240v access in my garage. My main panel is in my basement and my garage is ...
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Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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What's wrong with an electrical outlet that will power a lamp but not a space heater?

Thought my space heater had died when I plugged it in and it wouldn't turn on, not even the "on" indicator light, so I went out and bought a new one. When the new one wouldn't work either, I tested ...
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What should I do with the white wire when wiring a 240 volt garage heater?

I was given a 240 volt garage heater from a friend. When I built my garage I had the electrician run a wire so I could put a heater in down the road. He ran a orange wire with 4 wires in it black red ...
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How should I install a thermostat for a baseboard heater?

How would I go about installing a thermostat for my bedroom's baseboard heater? I've seen lots of articles on how to replace an old thermostat but I'm installing a thermostat for the first time here. ...
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What could cause a clicking noise in an electric water heater?

I get clicking sound from our electric water heater as well. it lasts for a while, then stops...then starts again, etc. we recently had technician out who said it needed to be cut back on the setting ...
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Hot air gun / paint stripper for melting plastic

I'm not sure if this is the right kind of question for this site, but I thought that people here are more likely to know the answer. I'm looking for a hot air gun in order to melt plastic - mostly ...
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Turn off water heater as well during winter?

If I am going on vacation for an extended period during winter (it occasionally gets below freezing here), should I turn off water valve AND the gas water heater or just turn off the main water valve? ...
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What ampacity circuit breaker would I need for an 18 amp electric heater?

What ampacity circuit breaker would I need for an 18 amp electric heater? Here's a link to the model (IEP-4024), it's North American, 240 volts, 4000 watts, installing it outdoor.
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What to do about furnace that's drawing gas odors into the room instead of heat?

I have a gas furnace. It was heating up the place fine and worked for years until the other day. All of a sudden it started drawing air that smelled like strong gas odors into the room rather than ...
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Identify voltage by looking into gang box

I was replacing few of my old manual thermostats with smart thermostats. While installing the new ones, I noticed that some of the gang boxes have 4 wires (2 black, 2 red). Some of them have 6 wires (...
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Is it safe to unplug my electric water heater daily to save energy?

Could you please help me answer the following questions? 1) Will unplugging my water heater from the socket when not in use damage it? 2) Which energy-saving timer will work with my water heater? ...
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No hot water at faucets after replacing water heater

No water comes out from any hot water faucet--only the cold side after replacing water heater. How do I fix the problem?
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What kind of portable electric heater should I use in my kitchen?

My landlord doesn't see the need to install a heater in the kitchen, but I do as it's like 12°C (54°F) in it this morning. I'll buy an electric one then. But I realize there are many types: fan heater,...
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Why is my A/C unit running when the heater runs?

So it finally got cold here in AZ. We switched our thermostat from A/C to Heat. Now for some reason when the electric heater runs, the A/C condenser unit outside kicks on too. This is our first winter ...
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How can I fix a leak in the pipe coming out of my water heater?

There's a water leak in the tube coming out of my heater. Yet the bolts look tightly put. I'm not sure how to fix it. Any idea ?
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Water heater overflow outside drain pipe

My water heater's overflow outside drain pipe has been running hot water out of it non-stop. I turned the inflow water valve to the water heater off and the water stopped running. But what is ...
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How do I get the water pressure back?

I have what seems to be a strange, but hopefully easily solved problem. I have a Rheem Warrior series electric hot water heater in my mobile home. My husband is installing a new shower and we could ...
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Can I connect a combination heater/fan unit to the existing bathroom wiring?

I have a dedicated 15A circuit for a top-floor bathroom fan with heat lamps which draws much less than capacity. There is nothing else on this circuit. I know that code for a 15A 14ga circuit at 80% ...
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Where should I install a wall heater?

I have a house with no wall heater, and would like to install one. What criteria should I use to help me determine the best place for the heater? Is it better, for instance, to be on an inside wall? ...
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Can running both elements of a water heater at the same time increase pressure?

Hot water in an aptartment complex where I am the service electrician is running out because they only put 30 gallon heaters in. Their plumber told the owners to hook up the elements so they run at ...
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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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Trying to wire a 240v line-voltage thermostat

I am trying to replace my old 240v line-voltage thermostat with a modern version. The problem is that after wiring the new version in like the old it doesn't work. I have (2) 12-2 wires coming out of ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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Why my baseboard heater won’t turn with new thermostat?

I have a pair of electromod basement heater. The label on each of them show them show 750/1000W. Power supply to this is 240V I am trying to replace the old manual thermostat with a progrmabale one. ...
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Why is my gas heater shutting down the flame and pilot?

I have a KINGSMAN gas heater, Model FV-5000N, quits working. After I relight pilot, turn switch to on, the flame lights and begins to heat, then after about 30 seconds, there is an audible click from ...
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Why would a portable heater set off a carbon monoxide alarm?

I've got a small portable heater purchased from Target for about $10. When you first turn it on, it always has that burning smell from the element heating up. It clears up after about 10 min. ...
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Fluctuations in electricity use while we are on vacation

We went on vacation for two weeks recently and I noticed that our PG&E bill had some unusual behavior. Our overall bill wasn't that much lower than it was when we were home. Different days had ...
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On demand water heater using a propane tank

I have a single wide trailer. (The main gas line blew out the back and is under code so $4,000.00 to fix it plus permits because the main need to be moved from under the Trailer). I would like to ...
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Ends of 25' 12/3 and short 14/3 extension cords get warm with 1500W heater

I've 'tested' three listed extension cords, one at a time, by plugging a 4 year old 1500W fanned heater ($10 at Home Depot) into a 20 amp house circuit (no other appreciable load). The cords: orange ...
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Use water heater water when input supply has been shut off

The town has shut off water due to major water line break. How can I use the water in my water heater to, for example, flush my toilet?
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Is wiring a 240 volt heater from a sub panel different from wiring it to the main panel?

Since the neutral and ground are isolated in a sub panel, is wiring a 240 volt heater from a sub panel different from wiring it to the main panel?
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Repairing 1000W wall heater: Burnt cable, serious issue?

European here. I'm repairing a simple 1000W wall heater (brand: BEHA) - about 10 years old. The heater itself is in good condition, but the thermostat panel (completely detachable) and its connections,...
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How do I wire a 240 Volt 500 Watt baseboard heater?

Do I run 12-2 wire to a wall thermostat and heater off a 20 amp breaker? Does the black and white wire go to a double pole breaker?
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How do I design the circuit for baseboard heaters?

I am designing the circuit(s) for my basement apartment (cca. 800 sq ft) baseboard heating solution. I am planning to buy Berko HBB Series heaters and distribute them as shown in the below table. ...
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How do I use this H/L/V Wiring?

I am replacing an OLD h/l/v with a BROAN 100HFL I DO NOT have a 12/2 and a 12/3 coming from the 3 switches on the wall. I DO have this, two 12/2 coming from the 3 switches AND another 12/2 that ran ...
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Electric Baseboard Heater Thermostat Replacement

My house is mostly steam heat, but prior owners put on a small addition and also turned an upstairs closet into a bathroom. These new rooms have electric baseboard heat. Heaters work fine, but ...
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Upgrading from a two wire analog tstat to a Nest, need help

I am looking to upgrade from an old analog tstat to a Nest. My old stat had only two wires connected (R and W) but the wire bundle had three. So I tried connecting the green wire to C and then turned ...
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Hot water lasting only for 1 minute

I just moved into a shared home and noticed that the hot water in my shower lasts for only about a minute before it turns ice cold. I told my landlord about this and he said he would rise the heat ...
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How to insulate around a celing heater?

I just installed a heater in the ceiling of my bathroom and am trying to decide how to insulate around it. The insulation in my attic is the fluffy, blown insulation (cellulose maybe? not exactly ...
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pilot light does not stay on on gas burner after vacation

I was on a one month vacation but had kept the gas heater in normal mode (not vacation mode). Today I find my gas pilot light off. The cover was open for all this long. I tried to light it, but once I ...
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Why does hot water only last a couple minutes?

She has an electric water heather. There IS hot water in the tank. When we open a faucet it acts normal, gradually getting hot, but that only lasts for a couple of minutes, then it gets cold. A friend ...
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New water heater sometimes cold, sometimes hot

I have a new electric water heater (a week old). It does not operate correctly. It took nearly 24 hours initially before there was any hot water. Then we had hot water for maybe half a day. Then cold ...
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Wifi Thermostat to Reznor Garage Heater. No “C” wire connection on terminal strip

I just had a 75000 btu Reznor UDAP garage heater installed. Can I run a "C" wire for a smart thermostat if I don't have a C connection on the terminal strip? There is a C connection on the circuit ...
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Can I control a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a motion-sensing switch?

I want to buy a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a built-in fan to supplement heat in a basement room. I want to wire it to an occupancy-sensor wall switch that I can turn off entirely in the ...
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How far should my wall be from my furnace/water heater?

) we are refinishing the basement and are enclosing the furnace/water heater, leaving a thin 27" door. My water heater sits back beside my furnace and the enclosure is going to be square so I think ...