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I have been losing water pressure in my single lever kitchen faucet, and I don't get really hot water.

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  • dalzellh Jun 26, 2009

    Thanks for the advice, we'll give it a try.

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It sounds like a clog internally. Sometimes o-rings, or just debris (like scale) in the water will cause a blockage. If you decide to "operate" on it, make sure you shut off your water supply. If it's old, you may not be able to buy spare parts and should consider a full replacement.

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If loss of pressure is at both hot /cold check your areator, problem may be there.

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I have overall good water pressure until recently now good cold water BUT hot water not so hot and very low pressure?????


It sounds like you have a scale problem which can seriously affect your water flow. If the water heater is older than 10 yrs, then this may be your problem.
If so, try draining the htr. First off, turn your heater off. If electric, turn off 30 amp two-pole breaker in your elec panel. Your elements may also be scaled up, thereby reducing their effectiveness. If you have little hot water, your bottom element and t-stat may be bad. If the electric heater is older than 10 yrs old, then you may want to consider replacing it as the average lifespan of a heater is about ten years. If gas, just turn the control knob all the way down. Attach a garden hose to your heater drain valve. Run the hose outside and open the drain valve with the water supply to the htr still on. This uses water pressure to blow out the scale that is likely clogging the drain valve. Blow it out for ten seconds, and then shut the valve feeding water to the htr.
Shutting the valve creates a vacuum so the draining will slow way down. To speed this up, turn on hot water all around the house. Do not do this with single handle faucets because cold water will cross over. Only the hot on two handle faucets should be opened.
If you don't have any two handle faucets, you can either turn off the water main and open the single handle faucets, or flip the lever up on the relief valve located on top or on the side near the top. Pull it so that it sticks straight out. This locks it in the open position and allows air to enter, and water to exit. Drain until no more water comes out.
Please keep in mind that if your heater is old, the scale may be the only thing keeping it from leaking, and this may expose that leak.
If none of this works, your inlet and/or outlet on the heater may be scaled up. This requires the removal of piping and scraping out the scale. Once again, if the htr is old, (over 10) you may want to consider just replacing it.
GOOD LUCK!

Mar 28, 2018 | Water Water Heaters

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Delta kitchen touch faucet not getting hot enough anymore


well since u didn't mention the exact model u have or include a photo so I can positively ident it, id say u need to look around base of faucet for lever , this is the mixing valve control , it controls how much cold water mixes with hot water to prevent a scalding occurrence in use , this lever may have gotten moved and a new position will need to be explored to find a comfortable temp u like it at again

Dec 16, 2016 | Water Water Heaters

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I have a recently installed richmond water heater. When the shower is running and someone turns the faucet on in the kitchen the water gets drastically colder in the shower. We didnt have that problem with...


Which type Richmond water heater?
Is this a tankless water heater or tank-type?

Tankless are notorious for 'cold water sandwich' under exact conditions you describe. You might need tankless with larger BTU burner.
Don't install a tankless.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

If you have tank-type water heater, then I suspect a clog in the hot water line, or single-handle faucet cartridge in show is going bad.
Same problems can contribute to tankless problems.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Low-hot-water-pressure.html

Aug 06, 2012 | Rheem Richmond

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Heater takes more than 1 minute to get water to kit faucet , then temp fluctuates


1) Guesses: Sounds like a bad single-handled faucet cartridge, or low water flow at faucet, or clogged water filter.
Replace faucet cartridge, clean the aerator, and/or clean sediment out of pipes below sink, and clean water filter at tankless unit each month.

2) For exact measure of problem:
Typical faucet can have 2 gallon per minute flow rate.
2 gpm flow rate means faucet fills 1 gallon container in 30 seconds. Test faucet using 1 gallon container and a cooking timer to get flow rate.
Clean aerator to improve flow rate. Compare kitchen flow rate with other faucets in home.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Low-hot-water-pressure.html

Most homes have 1/2" diameter pipe running to kitchen faucet.
100 feet of 1/2" diameter pipe holds 1.2 gallons of water. This assumes no sediment build-up inside pipes.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-recirculation-system.html

Assuming only hot is turned on: If faucet is 100 feet away from water heater, and pipe diameter is unobstructed 1/2" diameter, and faucet has 2 gallon per minute water flow, then hot water should arrive in 36 seconds.
50 feet away, and hot water should arrive in 18 seconds.

If kitchen has single handled faucet, and the handle is raised in the middle, then equal amounts of hot and cold water are drawn at same time. This doubles amount of time for hot water to arrive.

If single handle faucet has a bad cartridge, then faucet can have crossover.
Crossover means that cold water can enter the faucet even if faucet is turned to hot.
Bad single-handled faucet cartridge can delay or stop the arrival of hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

Tankless require maintenance including cleaning combustion parts yearly, de-lime heat exchanger frequently, and clean water filter each month.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Tankless-maintenance.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Bosch_Overcoming_fluctuating_temps.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

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Water takes 30 sec to cover 10m from heater to tap


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1/2" pipe has inside diameter of .54" and holds 1.2 gallons per 100 feet
10 meters is 32 feet and holds .4 gallons
Average faucet puts out 2 gallons per minute, so 30 seconds you should get 1 gallon of water.
Put a bucket under faucet and check amount of water flow.

Assuming you draw just hot water from the faucet, then 30 seconds is slow for receiving hot water.
If you have single-handle faucet and raise handle straight up in middle, then you are drawing half hot and half cold, so it would take 30 seconds for hot to arrive.

If hot water is slow, the problem might be crossover.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
or low water pressure due to clog in water line
http://waterheatertimer.org/Low-hot-water-pressure.html
Other problems could include clogged water filter, clogged water softener, defective pressure valve, and low water pressure.

Sources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Bosch-Tankless-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-recirculation-system.html

Jul 10, 2011 | Bosch Outdoor Gas Tankless Water Heater...

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Getting really hot water to the kitchen but only tepid hot water into the bathroom and ensuite. Do not need to put on the cold tap at all in the bathrooms but you can't hold your hand under the tap in...


If some taps have really hot and others luke warm, then you might have defective mixing valve, check valve, or crossover on single handled faucet.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

Crossover can also cause stacking event. Stacking could be part of puzzle.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Stacking.html

Once crossover or check valve or mixing valve problem is solved, if you have really hot water to some taps, then turn down thermostat to avoid scalding.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-temperature-on-water-heater.html

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Jun 13, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Our rheem pronto tankless rutg-74xp red light will come home indicating hot water and stay on about 2 minutes and then turns off we have turned off and back on and let water run for 5 minutes and will come...


Before calling service technician, open following link for Rheem troubleshooting resources.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

List of causes MIGHT include one of following:
Bad household circuit breaker that powers electronics, or loose wire inside outlet where tankless plugs in.
Tankless fuses and control board.
Water flow rate too low. Minimum .8 gallon required (depending on model)
Tankless inlet filter clogged.
Household aerators clogged at faucets.
Crossover at single-handled faucet
If installed, there can be crossover at mixing valve.
Faulty household check valve, including check valve on re-circulation system if that system is installed.
Restriction in household water line, such as clog at elbow.
Unequal pressure in household hot and cold lines, caused by restriction in hot line. When single-handled faucet turns on, the cold water pressure is higher so hot does not flow and tankless will not turn on.
Loose wire connection inside tankless.
Unit temperature set too high.
Unit temperature set too low.
Water temperature is very hot coming out of tap, so more cold is added, but that reduces amount of hot water flow, so tankless turns off because flow rate is too low.
On some tankless, if water is preheated by solar or other indirect source, the burner will not activate.
High mineral content in water > delime tankless yearly
Misaligned temperature sensor
Low gas pressure. Wrong type of gas. Undersized gas line.
Too many faucets on at same time.
Faulty tankless water valve. Water valve stuck.
Fluctuating household water pressure, for example MUD and PUD district water pressure problems or water well pressure.
Faulty household pressure reducing/regulating valve if installed.
Faulty household pressure tank, if installed -or- pressure tank needs to be installed.

Apr 24, 2011 | Rheem RTG-74PVN-2 Natural Gas Pronto Whole...

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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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Water is either hot or cold - no in between.


I found a way to get warm water in the shower, but I'm not sure it qualifies as a solution. After trying everything else I thought that maybe when I was feathering the faucet in the shower toward the cold side so I would get warm water that at a certain point it blocked the flow on the hot water side enough so that the sensor in the hot water heater sensed there was no demand in the line and it shut the water heater off. To test this, I went to the kitchen and turned the kitchen sink faucet all the way to the hot side and then turned it on so that I got a small flow of water. I waited for the water to get hot to be sure the hot water heater was working. Once it was hot, I left it running to keep demand in the line and then I went to the shower and turned the faucet on. When the water got hot I started feathering the control towards the cold side and soon I had warm water. So I think I'm right in that the sensor in the hot water heater was shutting the water heater off when the demand in the shower was lowered to a certain point when I was trying to adjust the water temp in the shower.

So now I can get warm water, but it means I have to leave the hot water running at another fixture in the house to create a false demand in the system so the hot water heater doesn't shut down. Is there a way to adjust the senor in the hot water heater so that it will stay on when I'm using the shower only, so I don't have to waste water by running another faucet when I want to take a shower?

Nov 28, 2008 | Water Heaters

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