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Questions tagged [hot-water]

Questions about systems that produce and distribute heated water.

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How does water flow through my water heater and up to the top floor without a pump?

My house has a gas based water heater(geyser) on the outside. The plumber has connected it such that without the use of electric pump, just through pressure alone, hot water reaches the 1st and 2nd ...
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Why does shutting off cold water valve to the water heater shut down cold water in entire house?

I'm a new homeowner so maybe my understanding is off. My question is, why would turning off the cold water intake valve on the top of the heater turn off cold water to the entire house after about 12 ...
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Why don't I have hot water after shutting off the water supply for a while?

I have a 240 watt State Select 40 gallon water heater. I shut off the water supply for maybe 6 hours to replace faucet seats in the shower. I turned off wrong breaker, and 2 days later no hot water ...
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How to switch off/on a Hot Water System

I believe I have what is called a gas-boosted, solar HWS (although there is only one solar panel on the roof). On the outside of my system, apart for the valves/pipes/wires leading into and out of it, ...
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Lukewarm water in bathroom

I recently moved to a new flat. The hotwater is supplied by a electric heater located in the kitchen which is directly next to bathroom. In the bathroom, the tap for the shower doesn’t get hot to run ...
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Iron in Hot Water Heater

My water has a lot of iron in it so I have a water softener to take care of that. The problem is I forgot to check it and it ran out of salt. The majority of my house is fine (I have to better clean ...
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Hot water heater intake is very close to an outside faucet: how terrible is this?

My new house has an outdoor spigot which is supplied by the same copper pipe as my hot water heater. (There's no cut-off valve for the outdoor faucet individually!) Going backwards, the pipe from the ...
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Hot water comes through cold after turning off and on

I have a combi boiler providing hot water in my house. If I run the hot water (e.g. in my shower or kitchen sink) it comes through hot just fine after a couple of seconds and stays hot however long ...
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Hot water recirculation pump suggestion in home with return hot water line [closed]

We had a hot water re-circulation pump by water heater before and had it removed last December when we detected leaks around it. This is our setup: We have a return hot water line coming back to the ...
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Cold water handle overpowers hot water

In trying to fix a leak in my shower head, I ended up replacing both the hot and cold stems for Price Pfister handles. First, I replaced the hot water stem, which seemed to reduce the leaking. But, ...
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Why would the cold feed be backfeeding hot on a hot water heater?

The cold line is "upfeeding" hot. Both of the pipes running out of the hot water heaters(dual system) are hot. When we run the hot, it gets cold again. The cold feed pipe is hot until it reaches the T ...
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electric hot water heater high limit switch repeatedly opening

The problem I am in the southeast US and have an electric hot water heater that is 25 years old (as is the house). Two years ago, I diagnosed and successfully replaced the lower thermostat. Earlier ...
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New electric hot water heater, hot water turns luke warm after 12-15minutes of use?

Converted my oil burner to a gas burner and added an electric hot water heater. When i use the shower the hot water turns to luke warm in 12-15 minutes. It was installed by a professional plumber and ...
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water heater - flow problem

got a new 3 liter instant water heater installed. When the heater is off, water flow is normal. When it is on, about one liter or so hot water flows and then there is no water. What might be the ...
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How to remove thermocouple from this manifold door?

It has a black object that seems to be secured down by a U shaped clasp. I cannot see how the clasp can be removed. Everything is tight and doesn't appear that a tool can fit anywhere to loosen it up. ...
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Small electric water heater below sink to get instant hot water?

There is quite long pipe going from the gas water heater to our kitchen sink. This means that there is a delay before hot water actually becomes hot, especially in winter months. Now I saw that there ...
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Will increasing the temperature of my hot water cylinder's thermostat make my shower water supply last noticeably longer?

I have an unvented electric immersion heater cylinder which heats the hot water for my household. The capacity is 200L and the temperature is set to 55°C. The water heater is hard-wired to run ...
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Hot water tank cold water is always flowing

My hot water tank cold water is always flowing and it's losing water out of the temperature valve relief tube on the cold water intake side (see attached photos). I just noticed this, but it could ...
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How do I bleed a noisy radiant heat system?

I have a gas fueled (converted from oil just a few years ago) boiler in my basement with an integrated tank-less water heating system for the showers/taps/etc. The output is three zones as shown in ...
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Should I turn the water off to my home during a winter absence?

I will be leaving my home for three months, during winter, where I can expect the weather to go below freezing. My question is if I should turn off the main water valve in my house or just to the ...
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How to check and turn on pilot light of this water tank?

I have never done this before but the gas line was turned off briefly and now we have no hot water. Look like the pilot light went out on this but I have no idea how to see the light and how to turn ...
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Hot water is not getting hot in kitchen sink only

The hot water valve is open and the water comes out but it stays cold. We shut off the cold water valve and it made no difference (besides obviously when you turn to cold side no water pours). We ...
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why won't my shower regulate water temperature

a couple days ago this started. no matter what position I turn the handle towards the left it's always very hot. and the same if I turn it to the right. very cold. I'm assuming there must be some sort ...
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Temperature monitoring for storage hot water system (RP-2 connection)

My HWS has a secondary outlet connection I don't use, and I'd like to use it to install a thermal probe I can monitor. HWS RP ¾ / 20 temp probe? Does anyone know of a practical way to install a ...
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In-floor radiant heating hooked up to hot water tank in new home - questions about how it works and operating it

I've moved into a new 2 story house. The heating system is in-floor water heating, and the heat source is an electric hot water tank. I'm hoping you guys can help me figure out how the system works ...
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Vent Tube for the Insinkerator Instant Hot Water Dispenser

Does the clear vent tube need to be attached directly to the faucet for the system to work? Our clear tube has broken off at the faucet side with the metal connection inside. We have the older ...
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How to shut off water coming from the hot water heater

I'm trying to shut off water coming from my hot water heater. I currently have the water shut off to the entire house due to a shower repair that went awry (hot water flows like a shower even though ...
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No hot water in only one bath tub

We are not getting hot water in only one bath tub. The left side is for hot water and right side is for cold. There is no drop in pressure when I turn on only the left side. But instead of hot water ...
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should i wrap exhaust duct joints of hot water heater?

i replaced my hot water heater. I used a single flexible 3" metal duct tube to go from the new unit to a an old "y" connector metal duct that is near the ceiling in the utity closet. I noticed ...
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Activating hot water recirculation pump in garage via extension cord under kitchen sink

I have a hot water recirculation pump installed near the water heater that is located in the garage which provides instant hot water via dedicated 1/2" copper pipes. Although I have a timer that ...
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Hot Water issues in entire apartment, How can I fix this?

We lease an apartment and the maintenance has been less than effective at fixing this issue so was wondering what other people think about it. We've got 2 showers and 3 sinks, this issue is happening ...
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Isolating water supply to replace basin tap with no local stop valve

I got a new tap for a pedestal basin. Looking at the existing fittings there is no local valve to shut off the water at the basin itself where the water pipes come out of the wall & connect to the ...
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How can I drain the hot water line in my house? (re: adding a spigot)

I'd like to add a hot water spigot to the outside of my house but my hot water heater doesn't have a shutoff for the output (ie. hot water side of plumbing). However, the cold water has a shutoff (...
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Replace electric water heater with gas tankless (electrical connection)

I want to replace my electric water heater with a gas tankless water heater. My current water heater like most electric hot water heaters takes 220 and the tankless gas water heater uses 120. The room ...
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Sink water won't get hot unless shower is on

The sink tap takes 20+ minutes to even get lukewarm, never hot. I have lived with this for a while until I made an interesting discovery the other day. When the shower (in the same bathroom) was ...
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Shower in another room leaks when bath is running

I have a free-standing bath in my bedroom and a separate shower stall in an adjacent room. When we run hot water in the bath the shower head starts running-- not just a drip... more like moderate ...
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what allows some cold water to enter house and some to enter water heater?

Informational question: To supply hot and cold water to a house you: 1. split at the supply for hot and cold lines. Using a tee - you run one line to the house, and the other to the water heater. My ...
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energizing both elements of electric hot water heater

I'm considering using an electric hot water heater (EHWH) with upper and lower heating elements as an electric diversion load. This EHWH would be for pre-heating the water bound for the standard HWH....
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Changing hot water supply and keeping cold water supply

Repiping my master bathroom shower and sink. We have a new instant hot water heater on an addition to our house 10' away. The shower and sink now run off the water heater in garage, 100' away. I tee'...
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Why my new hot water heater performs worse than my old one?

I know a lot of posts have been made on this topic, but, I have tried everything. I wanted to move my hot water tank from the first floor of my house to the crawl space. My old unit was performing ...
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Where to place an aquastat that is external to the hot water tank?

If you need to retrofit an aquastat to a heating system what is the best way to do so? i.e., in some hot water tanks or even boilers there may be a purpose-made port specifically to accept a "well" ...
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Copper reducer before hot water heater

My house copper lines are 3/4 in and my new water heater accepts 1/2 copper in a compression connection. Is there any issue with adding a 3/4 to 1/2 reducer before and after the heater?
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Why isn't my electric hot water tank producing hot water?

We just bought a trailer and had the water turned on. We have cold water coming out of hot water side in kitchen and bathroom. What could this be? Also we have good water pressure in the bathroom but ...
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What could cause my hot water to run out quickly… but only in the bath/shower?

My (London, UK) apartment building's hot water comes from a district heating system and is delivered to my apartment via a "Heat Interface Unit" within the property, owned and maintained by the energy ...
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Cloudy hot water from bathroom sink

I have 2 bathroom sinks on the 2nd floor (not in the same room). One of them produces a cloudy (almost milky) white hot water. The other was runs clear hot water. Could this be an issue? This appears ...
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Why with new hot water heater and now master shower hot water runs out fast?

We bought a new hot water heater 6 months ago and it was working great until recently. Lately, only in the master shower the hot water lasts for only a few minutes then cold. Sometimes it won't even ...
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Why my hot water goes out in less than 2 mins? [duplicate]

All the water outlets in my condo can only supply hot water for at most 2 mins and then I am left with cold water. I changed my gas water heater 2 days ago, but the problem continues. I was desperate ...
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Shower is too cold, despite cartridge setting

I have a single handle shower in my basement that is too cold in the winter. I only need a small adjustment, but I don't know if it's even possible. The "hot water stop" appears to be already set to ...
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No hot water from the hot side of the faucet for entire home

I am having hot water issue with my home. I can feel the hot water outflow pipe from the hot water heater being hot. But when I turn on the hot tap, the water turns from enventually cold. In ...
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Why does my water heater's drain line rejoin the outlet pipe?

I know very little about water heaters and plumbing. Done some minimal work, but never water heater hookup. I need to replace my 20 year old AO Smith 50 gal gas water heater in a house I've owned ...