Heat loop at water heater, other ? too

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by edwardh3, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. edwardh3

    edwardh3 New Member

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    South Carolina
    many sites say to put a heat loop on the tank style water water heater to stop the rise of hot water from the heater.
    1. do I need it on both the hot and cold connections?
    2. how high must the loop be (how much of a loop up then back down)

    3. Are there advantages/ disadvantages of flex copper vs stainless steel mesh flex lines other than cost - which is more reliable?

    4. Is there one fitting- not two or 3 that I have to solder together- that will screw into the female IPS hole in the heater top, that the flex connections will then screw onto?

    Thanks.
  2. rudytheplbr

    rudytheplbr 36 Journeyman Plbr

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    Location:
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    Water heater conns.


    The connections to a water heater/storage tank are always thread connections (unless you have a copper tank w/solder conns). The only thing you may need to solder is a male adapter on your cold water supply, and one on the hot water dist. line.
    I reccomend using brass nipples out of the tank holes w/flex connectors to Hot and Cold.

    Good Luck.
    Rudy
  3. edwardh3

    edwardh3 New Member

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    Location:
    South Carolina
    thanks

    I already have the male adapters in place. just wondering about the heater end.
    any idea on loop heigth- or where I could go to look it up?
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