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Why does my hot water go hot and cold on my gas hot water service


When water feels cold at tap, check water heater TP valve and drain valve to see if water is hot at top and bottom of heater
Maybe you have bad single-handle faucet cartridge
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

Another possible cause is bad dip tube
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-dip-tube.html

Gene

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Mar 14, 2015 | Water Water Heaters

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Water only stays hot for about 5 min or


Gas or electric?
Electric water heater ... then test for crossover, check for water leak, replace thermostats, test elements
Gas water heater ... test for crossover, check for water leak
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html


http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

water leak: turn off all taps and put ear against pipe and listen for water leak... check if water meter advances when all water taps are off.

Gene

Oct 09, 2014 | Water Heaters

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Heating coils were replaced last december and today no hot water for a shower after 5 minutes in the shower. The electric is flying on the meter. Have shut off the circuit breaker for this hot water


Copy following link for tank-type electric water heater troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#skyrocket

Press reset button located on upper thermostat.
Test elements for short to ground against steel tank.
Clean sediment out of tank. Check for water leak running hot water out of tank.
Replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

Nov 25, 2012 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Were is cold water inlet and hot water outel on model 71-40d b


Cold inlet and hot outlet are marked on top of water heater.
Usually there is a letter or word embossed into the metal top.

If tank is connected, then turn on hot water tap for a few moment and feel which pipe is hot.

Cold water enters bottom of tank through dip tube located on cold side. If hot and cold are reversed, the water heater will not perform as expected.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-dip-tube.html

Aug 05, 2012 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Cannot shut off water to my atwood hot water tank in order to winterize


If you have no by-pass, or perhaps a valve in the system is faulty, simply but a 1/2"NPT fitting or nipple with Male threads both ends, or if necessary I use a 1/2"x 1/2" x 90 degree elbow and simply take lines off tank and join them together at the nipple or fitting you choose. That's a by-pass believe it or not. Or a simple piece of clear braided hose, with a barbed fitting clamped on each end with 1/2" NPT Male, then you can bend it around to where you need it rather than your lines.

Nov 26, 2011 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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My reliance natural gas water heater overheats causing scalding water to come out of my faucets. I have had authorized service companies come out three times to replace and retrofit different controls and...


Information below is for tank-type electric or gas heater only.

There is a condition called stacking.
This might apply to your water heater or not.
Having authorized service people to your house 3 times suggests more complicated mix of problems.

Stacking is caused when there are repeated short draws of hot water.
As you know, each time any hot water is drawn out of faucet, cold water immediately enters bottom of tank through the dip tube. The dip tube is connected to cold water inlet and runs to bottom of tank.
So all cold water enters bottom of tank close to the gas water heater thermostat.
See illustration of dip tube, that also shows copper thermostat sticking into tank that is connected to gas valve.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html#flushelectric

Let's say your water heater if fully heated and burner is off.
A short draw of hot water causes cold water to enter tank.
Another short draw. And then another short draw, each draw happens close to same time as other draws.
Water at top of tank is plenty hot, but bursts of cold water get near thermostat and cause thermostat to turn on burner.
Burner heats water and more hot water rises to top of tank. Water at top of tank becomes overheated each time stacking occurs.

Again, a stacking situation may not be the cause of your problem.
However, remember if single-handled faucet is opened straight upward, then that draws both hot and cold water. And cold water immediately enters tank.
Only when the single-handled faucet is lifted with the handle all the way to the right, does it draw only cold water. Even so, some single-handled faucets have bleed-over between hot and cold sides, so hot water is drawn anyway.

Another possibility is that the dip tube ends at or near thermostat, instead of going all the way to bottom of tank. The dip tube should go straight down from cold water inlet, but dip tubes are made of plastic, and some self-cleaning tanks have a curved dip tube or dip tube with perforations that create currents designed to stir sediments off bottom of tank (although this is not proven to be effective deterrent to sediment formation).

Add a comment for more free help.
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For a price, expert speaks with you over phone while you work on water heater or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

Feb 10, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Reliance hot water tank..great cold water pressure but a dribble of hot in the shower.


Take the hot water faucet apart (with water off) and look for scale or even white plastic.Even if it's a single lever, you might have plugging in the hot water side. If you find white plastic, expect the dip tube in your water heater is falling apart.(Dip tubes direct incoming cold water to bottom of heater) Drain some water from your water heater at least annually to reduce solids in your heater.

Oct 05, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have hot water for a minute then it goes to warm. I took off the 2 wires on each element and I have 15 ohms on the top and 5.5 on the bottom. Is my bottom element bad?


Sounds like bottom element may be bad but usually reads open circuit if bad. Also tan k would run about 8 gallons hot water then go cold. lots of warm water usually means bad dip tube.
Check if tank is hot at bottom element when not used for a while. If bottom element is still cold then bad element.
If bottom element is hot - (all water in tank is hot then you have a bad "dip tube" This is allowing incoming cold water to mix with outgoing hot water. The dip tube is usually A part of the cold water nipple or B located under the cold water inlet nipple.

Jan 18, 2010 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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I am not getting hot water from my water heater


Yes i would agree plastic dip tube .Do you have the hot water entering where the cold inlet is , do you have cold also attached ?

Dec 16, 2008 | Water Heaters

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