Tankless Heater Problem

Discussion in 'Tankless Water Heater Forum' started by MrTelco1948, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. MrTelco1948

    MrTelco1948 New Member

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    Severn, Md.
    Installed a S.E.T.S. tankless heater about 10 years ago. Even though it's supposed to do a whole house, I only have it connected to the shower. It has worked great for all this time until a few days ago. During a shower, I heard a loud pop and then had COLD water! Upon examination, the outlet pipe from the heater had blown apart at a 90 degree elbow about 4 inches from the heater. I didn't think it was possible for the water to get hot enough to melt the solder. Could it have been a faulty solder joint even though it has worked fine for 10 years and never leaked? Any thoughts?
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    You are correct in thinking water can not be heated hot enough to melt solder. The joint must have been faulty. I had a joint separate on my main supply line and shut off valve once. It wasn't 10 years old, but it was at least 3 or 4 years old.
  3. MrTelco1948

    MrTelco1948 New Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply Gary. I'll redo the joint and try the heater again.
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