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Hot water pressure

I am having problems getting good pressure when I turn on the hot water. I have great pressure coming from the cold. I am not sure but I am assuming there is a problem with the hot water heater. Can anyone help me please. Thanks, Sean

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  • skklynstra Dec 29, 2008

    This is happening at all the faucets in the house. The plumbing and the hot water heater are 14 years old. We have copper water lines in the house. We do not have a water softer we have city water.

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Hi Sean,

Is this happening at all faucets equally? About how old is the plumbing?guess. How old is the water heater? guess again
Do you have copper, plastic or galvanized water lines? Do you have a properly working water softener?

Sorry for all the questions but I can answer better with knowing.

Will follow up, thanks Phil

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

  • phil_m7 Dec 30, 2008

    Thank you for your reply,

    With the hot water OFF at the water heater, take one of the valves apart under one of the sinks with the slower flow. Just under the handle you should see a packing nut. Loosen it and then unthread the stem out with the handle of the valve. look at the seat washer( rubber) and inside the valve. Your looking for any kind of buildup that would effect the flow of water. After inspecting put back together..........

    ......then that the issue could be the valve feeding the water heater or the water heater itself. There is a diverter tube in the water heater that disperses the incoming water in the tank. Basically, a tube with small holes in it. The small holes may be getting clogged. Also the shut off valve for the water heater may be partially plugged. Close it all the way and then open it all the way. If That doesn't work..........

    .....The only way to know if its the heater for sure is to loop the water lines just above the water heater and see what your pressure is like then on the hot side of thing. If you see a nice flow then you know it is the water heater.Yeah!!

    Please rate this response and Good Luck, phil


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