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Questions tagged [hot-water]

Questions about systems that produce and distribute heated water.

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Corrosion due to dissimilar metals or bad ground?

I'm a 1st time home owner but experienced DIYer here. Unfortunately I have little plumbing experience. I installed a hot water recirc. pump at my hot water heater about a month ago. I did not notice ...
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Why do I have low hot water pressure in showers only?

I have 2 showers in my house. Suddenly the hot water pressure dropped in both. The cold is fine and we haven't noticed any change in the faucets in the house. What could make my hot water pressure ...
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Possible cross over issue with water lines

About 2 weeks ago our hot water started getting less and less hot, now it is completely cold. If I turn the cold angle stop off at the sink, so only the hot water line can feed the faucet, and turn it ...
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Could the diverter valve be causing water to get cold quickly?

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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Hookup Nest Themostat & Heatlink

I'm in the UK and trying to install a Nest Thermostat & Heatlink at home to control my hot-water and central heating and I'm having a few issues working out how my existing setup works so I can ...
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What is the official definition of first-hour delivery of hot water tanks?

I am looking at getting a new hot water tank. In deciding between a 40 gallon and a 50 gallon, I discovered that the 40 gallon has a higher first-hour delivery rating than the 50 gallon (see this spec ...
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Tankless Hot Water Recirculation

I recently had a Rheem Tankless Water Heater installed. The rtgh-95dvln-2. They installed the pump kit meant for the water heater, the ap17920. However, I do not have a dedicated recirculation line, ...
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cheap hot water tank failure after 3 1/2 years - expected, luck, installation problem, acid water, pressure cycle?

This "6 year" hot water heater failed after 3.5 years - is it bad luck (eg normal for the $429 box store 40 gal DHW heaters and how they make money off what I expect is a pro-rated warranty?), poor ...
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What size anode do I need for this tank

I have an old pressurized hot water cylinder and I am trying to change the sacrificial anode however the local plumbing stores seem to only have anodes for models they currently sell and also I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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Black stuff comes out of faucet after running hot water for 10 minutes

After running my bath tub’s hot water for about ten minutes, the faucet is ejecting 1-2 second streams of black particulates, every few minutes. This is happening consistently after running the water ...
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With post-build instant hot water systems should the homeowner be extra diligent about water heater maintenance?

Instant hot water systems that are installed after a house is built use the cold water pipes to return hot water back to the water heater, or discharge that water through normal cold water use. (I ...
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How to Diagnose the noise from my Hot Water Tank

I Have a air source heat pump supplying a 250L ecoCyl tank. When it is warming the water, it makes a loud rattling vibrating sound and a series of bangs, getting louder as the tank warms towards 50C. ...
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How can I adjust the hot water limit on this faucet?

This is the inside of the handle for my bathtub faucet. It's a single handle that goes from cold to hot by turning counter clockwise. The stop collar, red, doesn't appear to adjust like my other ...
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Re-pressurize boiler / change expansion tank

I have a question about how to pressurize system when replacing expansion tank. I have successfully taken the old tank off, and am about to go buy a new expansion tank(hopefully already pressurized ...
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Why do I get hot water from the cold side of the faucets

I get steaming hot water downstream of any faucet being used. How can this happen?
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Flow sensor adjustment for Navien 240S natural gas

We installed a Navien 240S natural gas in our house, and it is working fine. Except the short range for hot water valves in the showers. So, in other words, I need to turn shower valve almost all ...
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hot water humming maybe Grundfos pump

There has been a humming noise coming from the hot water heater, and it sounds like it's coming from the Grundfos UP 15-18 B5 pump. The humming is constant 24 hours a day and from what I can tell it ...
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Heating system is heating the radiators instead of the hot water - why?

We have a heating system with a boiler, hot water cylinder and a controller to set the timers for the heating and hot water which it then switches between accordingly. Lately, it intermittently (I ...
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Why doesn't the hot water work but the central heating does?

We have a gas fired boiler (which works). There's no problem with the central heating. Both the hot water and central heating valves actuate automatically when they're selected on the heating ...
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Is my CH/HW fully pumped? Is it two-pipe?

I'm having problems understanding the exact configuration of the CH/HW piping in my house. In particular, I have to understand where and how to place piping for additional radiators at the upper floor....
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Tankless hot water system only providing luke-warm water?

I have tankless hot water which has been working well up until this week. A week ago we discovered a leak on the hose from the propane tank, so we replaced the hose, but since then it hasn't seemed ...
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How can I figure out if a Combi Boiler will be adequate for my house?

We recently moved into our new home that currently has a Super Hot MG-100 Hydronic Boiler (installed in 1986, when the house was built). Clearly, it's done its job and in need of a replacement. We had ...
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Intermittent cold water from the hot faucet

Why would cold water run from the hot water faucet (for about a minute), after the hot water was already flowing? This happened in two washrooms, at different sides of the house, but not at any other ...
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Using existing hot water vent for extraction

I have a room in the basement with equipment (computers) that gets really hot. There is an ac vent but the thermostat is nowhere near the room. Also in an alcove is the hot water heater behind a ...
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How to hookup an InSinkErator hot water dispenser to a Waterstone Hot/Cold Faucet

I'm trying to figure out what to do with the 3rd connector on my InSinkErator H-CONTOUR-SS. I have a WaterStone hot/cold filtration faucet model 1400HC-SS that doesn't have a connection for that 3rd ...
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Can lost water pressure cause a water heater to leak/rupture?

I woke up this morning at 5 am to my water heater making loud noises. It had leaked all over the floor and the bathroom sink had a steady stream of hot water that wouldn't turn off. This water heater ...
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How can I diagnose galvanic corrosion on a water pipe?

I have a newly installed indirect hot water heater and two of the pipes are showing significant amounts of corrosion. Given that the installation is only 3 months old, I suspect that there may be ...
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Do I need the “flow control” component on my furnace

Context: My furnace supplies tank-less domestic hot water to my small house. The cold water pipe going into the furnace has a "flow control" component that limits the flow to 3gpm. I understand that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cloudy hot water out of 1 sink in the whole house

There is one sink in our house that when you turn on hot water the water comes out very cloudy. It is in a upstairs bathroom and it is part of a double sink, the other works fine. Picture of the ...
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Bled Hot Water Heat but pressure increased again

I have a oil (converted to natural gas) hot water boiler running three zones of baseboard heat. Lately I have been hearing water rushing through one of my zones (I don't hear it on the other zones). ...
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What is the purpose of a Pressurised hot water cylinder

Does a pressurised hot water cylinder have to deal with just higher pressure mains cold water or does it also have to cope with the heating element being heated by a sealed high pressure central ...
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Hot water heater is leaking, how much longer will it last?

This question was asked before but the title question was not specifically answered: "Hot water tank leaking at bottom could it go from a trickle to a gush?" I have a old hot-water heater (tank) that ...
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Leaking & constant running water sound in hot water system

My Dux Proflo gas hot water system (with water tank) is leaking water. Water is pooling at the base of the hot water tank. Secondly, there is a constant water flow noise coming from near the top of ...
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Combi boiler on 2nd or higher floor - how to tell if water flow and pressure is sufficient?

The combination boiler in my house has to be moved, and one idea is to put it in the loft space to free up a decent amount of space in the main part of the house. The house isn't big, so this would be ...
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Why is the hot water pipe from this small boiler norprene, not metal? And could it be replaced with a metal pipe?

The diagram (full pdf instructions here) is of a small boiler that fits under a kitchen sink, and keeps a small amount of water constantly near boiling which you can use for cups of tea etc. (its my ...