Question about American Standard Water Heaters
The hot water is running cold.
You didn't indicate model, etc., but consider the following:
If an electric unit:
1-Check the circuit breakers,
2-Some units have a reset on the unit, check that,
3-If this is an older unit, the heating element may be gone and need to be replaced.
If a gas unit:
1-Ensure the gas is turned,
2-Ensure that pilot light is on, if not, relight UNLESS...,
3-If automatic lighting, does unit spark when attempting to come on.
If this unit is over 10 years old, I would recommend completely replacing it rather than repairing it if the above doesn't work. New units are much more efficient and the savings could outweigh the cost in the long run.
Posted on Mar 31, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Bypass valve incorrectly set
obstruction or dirty tank
plugged line - lime or other! does cold flow into tank ok?
Tank is split water going somewhere you can't see - this should be obvious.
There is not really anything to obstruct the flow normally so there
would have to be an obstruction somewhere. Lime, junk, garbage etc build up .
On my coach I have lots of pressure on the cold side so hot would have to have the same unless there is an obstruction into or out of the tank. If in the bypass position you have sufficient flow than the lines are ok and the problem or obstruction is in the tank itself. Drain the tank, leave the bottom plug out, open up the pressure relief valve. Turn on the water and see if you get a lot of water draining from the drain hole on the tank. There should be a lot of water coming out of the drain hole. If so that tells you that your getting sufficient flow into the hot water tank. If so your problem is the water getting out of the tank. Like a clogged return line or an obstruction from the water tank to the faucet. A dirty scale lined tank can do a number on tank water flow. Also check to see if the water is going somewhere else, your tank could be split and you just can't see where the water is going!
Posted on Feb 07, 2010
Ordinary tank-type electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner using generic parts from hardware store.
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1) If you have no hot water, then upper element is not getting power.
2) Check circuit breaker.
3) Open top cover located on side of tank, and remove insulation and push in red reset button.
If reset is not tripped or will not reset, then replace upper thermostat with generic thermostat from hardware store.
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Posted on Feb 10, 2011
SOURCE: not hot water or heating
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Posted on Aug 30, 2012
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