Running out of hot water after 5 minutes or so in the shower.
My tankless water heater is attached to my oil burner. The water level on the front is at the correct level. The water seems to go to a warm state after 5 minutes in the shower. Also the sinks have the same problem after about 5 minutes. HELP I need sombody-Help not just anybody Won't you please please Help Me !
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I think the dip tube in your water heater has failed, this is a plastic tube that goes in the cold side of your tank and forces incoming cold water to the bottom of the tank allowing hot water out at the top. When this tube deteiorates the incoming cold water mixes at the top of the tank causing the problem you have. the dip tube runs about 5 bucks but takes someone with pluming skills to install.
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if it has been constant from instalation it might be that ur shower head is rated too low to get enogh gpm ( gallons per minute) it will tell u most of the time around the shower head where it threads onto the spot of the wall what the gpm is. alot of the energy saver heads are restricting tehgpm to 1.5 or .5 gpms to conserve water well the water heater will only operate correctally around .5 gpm depending on model so if u are not pulling enough water u will not turn the water heater on to get ur hot water all the time so go to lowes ( or locally trusted hardware) and get a new shower head make shure u look for the gpm on teh head and check in ur owners manual to see what gpm ur water heater kicks on
P.S. if ur shower head is rated at higher gpm say 1.5 and it is corroded or pluged up say with lime it is going to restrict it causing a lower gpm
I had the EXACT same problem (installed my tankless last winter and worked fine, now this summer it fluctuates, have to turn the shower completely off and then on again to get any hot water and then it only lasts for a couple of minutes!) Argh - it is frustrating!
Here's what I found: the demand for hot water is lower during the summer (hot) months because the "cold" water coming in is already quite warm. You don't need as much hot water to make the shower temp comfortable. SO, my tankless was shutting off due to low flow demand. I've removed the flow restrictor from my shower head and it helped alot but didn't completely solve the prob. Next step is what has been recommended to me by several people but is much more expensive - change the pressure valve on your shower to a temperature valve. Or just wait til winter and it should work ok again :)
Problem new or old? How long you have unit? Sounds like not enough flow to keep burner on. Tankless need at least .6 gpm to keep hot water flowing or else the burner fires then shuts fires then shuts and you get a sandwich effect...hot cold hot cold. If you have new diverter valve in shower -vs- old two handle type try turning hot water ALL the way ON and see if hot stays hot. If it does stay hot then slowly adjust to cool and see if you maintain a good MIX for proper temp. If it goes cold again try this......LOWER control pad setting to a comfortable 105 degrees (ladies) 100 degrees(men) and turn shower valve all the way to HOT. See if your temp remains consistant now and if it does then problem solved. Tankless mindset...set temp on control pad and stop trying to MIX at shower valve. Thats how these things work. Thats why I install a control pad in each bath and one in the kitchen for adjusting ash temp during dishwasher on time. ditto for wash machine. You should never need to turn on cold water if your unit is set to proper temp at controller. Hope this helps
Tankless water heaters normally take a little longer than a regular heater to provide hot water because they have to start and get warmed up. I'm guessing the heater uses a pilot light and that the short amount of hot water when you turn on the tap is hot because when the water is sitting still in the heater the heat from the pilot light is enough to get it hot. The tub faucet will get hot a lot faster than the shower because it lets a lot more water through and empties out the pipes faster than the shower. You could probably speed things up by letting the tub faucet run on completely hot for like 10-15 seconds and then turning on the shower.
It might be a question of inadequate flow. All tankless water heaters have a minimum flow rate that must be met, typically .5-.9 gpm, before the heater will operate. In the summer time the incoming ground water temperature is higher, causing you to mix more cold water and less hot water to get a lukewarm temperature. This can reduce your flow rate near or below the minimum flow rate. Here's a test for you, try running running a sink while taking your next shower. If the hot water remains mostly constant throughout, then your problem is with flow at the showerhead. The flow at a shower head can be reduced by buildup of scale and sediment. Also all showerheads have a flow restrictor that limits flow to 2.5gpm (some even less). Removing the restrictor will increase the showerhead flow rate as well. Also look for any error code displayed on the digital read out of the heater. Some heaters will flash on their burner indicate light as well.