hot water

  1. JoelM

    Outdoor Hot Water Line, Heat Loss Question

    I live in California (local temp ranges 40s in winter, to 80s in summer). I want to run a hot water line to an outdoor fixture, which will require about a 20ft outdoor run. There is no concern of freezing, nor waiting a little for the hot water, but I do care about energy efficiency. I wonder...
  2. AmandaW

    Cleaned aerator, found trouble, caused double.

    My bathroom faucet water was smelling like sulfur, but not the rest of the water faucets, so I took out the aerator to clean it and found a bunch of little rocks that look like solder. Flush the hot and the cold got a bunch of solder rocks from the cold side especially if I tapped or shook the...
  3. Liam313

    Troubleshooting - No Hot Water with Kohler Universal Valve

    Hello, I have a Kohler single-handle universal valve (K8304-K-NA) installed on a recent renovation. It was working properly when installed, but after several months no hot water flows when turned on (gradually got worse). I am trying to troubleshoot what the source of the problem is and what...
  4. KyNew

    Inadequate Hot water to fill Spa Tub

    We have a big (5,000+ squ ft), 12 year old house with a brand new 50gal water heater (the largest one allowed). We ONLY have electricity, no gas on our property. The hot water capacity is generally fine for everything EXCEPT the large spa tub in our master bathroom. When I turn the hot water...
  5. daryl00

    Black particles in high flow hot water (HW tank with Hydrojet)

    I'm hoping this helps others determine whether this is their issue (and figuring out this mystery). Key points in the issue: Only appears in hot water Black particles will smudge, but if you let it dry, you can "roll it up" between your fingers (rubbery?) Seems to appear mainly in bath tub...
  6. Mystery1982

    Rheem 40gal not heating

    I have a Rheem 40 gallon water heater it's got power from the breaker box all the way through the top thermostat the elements and the bottom thermostat I just replaced both elements but for some reason the water is not getting hot both top and bottom elements are 4500w/240v I also replaced the...
  7. Miloslav Veytsman

    Steam to hot water conversion

    I have a three story home in the nyc area (basement, 1st, 2nd). The basement has baseboard heating, the 1st and second floors have steam. A bathroom on the first floor, which was part of an extension done by the previous owner, has an electric heater (no clue why) and it sits on the opposite end...
  8. jcp

    Gledhill boilermate Mystery. Help needed.

    My Gledhill boilermate OV stopped heating the water, blew the on board fuse and tripped one of the three breaker switches inside the boiler. The gas boiler was showing a low temperature but was ok. To fault find turned Gas boiler off and on to electric only. (Switch setting) replaced fuse...
  9. Kamren

    Sucking/slurping noise from hot water pipes

    Hey guys! I've been working on my hot water on my own for a bit now and could really use some opinions moving forward. I had my hot water line bust not too far from the hot water tank and I discovered the old galvanized pipes to be VERY corroded and obstructing flow likely causing pressure...
  10. Mpt1123

    Inconsistent Hot Water

    Settle back, this is a long one. A few times a year we have a problem with hot water. The faucets and shower throughout the house have different hot water temps. The kitchen sink is red hot, the powder room and shower is lukewarm. Here's some background. At this point, any of these things...
  11. BobD777

    Hot Water Intermittently Cool

    We've been having our hot water intermittently get cool when taking showers. It can last anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. It may have started around the time our geothermal heating/cooling was installed in 2017. Maybe. In addition to the heating/cooling, I have desuperheaters coming...
  12. Vinny

    Boiler question.

    hello everyone. I’m a plumber for many years but mostly work in new construction projects. My hot water boiler safety relief valve was leaking. I noticed it stopped leaking and the pressure dropped to 5 PSI. I opened the pressure reducing valve and it brought the pressure way past 30 and was...
  13. Alfa

    Tempering Tank

    There is a copper tank in my wood-heated basement that tempers the very cold well water before it enters the hot water heater tank. It has developed a pin-hole leak. Is it worth replacing, or should i just by-pass it, letting the oil boiler do all the heating? If replacing, what should I use...
  14. JOSEPH SMOOT

    B VENT / Draft Hood / Flue question

    Hey all, New homeowner here, been remodeling the whole house. Bought a Rheem 50 gal platinum plus gas (natural venting, only powered flue flap no fan) on clearance. Looked in the manual and it calls for B vent. Ran it out the house and up the side above the roof (per local code). Issue I have...
  15. TTN

    Black Specks only in HOT WATER

    Hello All! I have been fighting with this Black Speck issue in my hot water heater for over a year now. Just to give you guys a quick summary, I had a brand new home built in December 2017. After several months, we noticed black oily specks in our hot water. (Cold water runs clear). ALL HOT...
  16. Dashersonic

    Burnham Hydronic acting strange after Bleeding

    I hope this isn't a repeat as I couldn't find an answer in the older threads. I'm doing some home renovations and removed a few sections of baseboard heater. I reconnected the sections temporarily with orange PEX while I complete reno and until I reinstall baseboards to have the continuous loop...
  17. Davie

    Expansion noise prevention running PEX through joists

    Hi all, I'm wondering what precautions to take when running PEX through joists to prevent expansion noises. Is just running it through a clearance hole good enough? Should it go through some sort of hanger/bushing? How many 1/2" or 5/8" pipes would you put through one clearance hole? I was...
  18. Henry Ramsey

    Supplier(s) of 1-1/2 PEX for hot and cold

    My condominium association in Houston just finished replacing the original 1-1/2" galvanized hot water line in one of our four buildings with CPVC but now we want cold side done too since we have 6 peoples' ceilings open. People are wondering why we did not use PEX from the start. The plumbing...
  19. mark_pdx

    Hot water delay, installation questions for recirc pump

    We just moved to a new home after 20 years in a home with a dedicated hot water return / recirculating pump system. This new home (built 2014) has no recirc system despite being 4300 sf in size, and I guess we were spoiled before, because waiting several minutes for hot water to show up in the...
  20. Scott Soulages

    Hot water weirdness

    OK, so I just moved into this 3600 house and things are strange. First, in the two rooms furthest from the hot water heater, the water rarely gets HOT. It gets warm, but never hot. Meanwhile, the other bathrooms closest to the water heater have really hot water. Water pressure from both hot and...
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