Question about General Electric GE SmartWater Household Water Filtration System - GNWH38F
I bought a GE SmartWater 6-year Gas Water Heater four years ago. No problems until about 2 months ago. If I shower about 5am, I have hot water. Go to work, return home and do evening dishes and/or clean up after about 12 hours and I still have hot water. However, on five occasions, if I work out in the morning and wait until early afternoon to shower, I run out of hot water in no time. Takes about 45 minutes to recover. GE thinks it's a plumbing issue/leak and not their water heater (over the phone diagnosis). My dad thinks it's either a faulty thermostat or a possible buildup of sediment on the bottom so that the sensor does not know the water is cold. Is this possible? I can't believe it could be a plumbing issue as I always have water and have had no leaks. I just don't get hot water for very long if I wait until later in the day. I thought the selling point of the SmartWater system was to replenish hot water quickly. Really baffled as to the cause and don't want to call a plumber when I really think it's the water heater itself.
Something you can do, following your fathers logic, is to attach a hose to the drain of the tank and run water from the bottom of the tank into a drain untill all the sediment is removed (Water runs clean). This is normally done once a year as preventive maintenance on all tank type water heaters. The logic sounds good to me.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
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