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Why does my water heater over flow when we use too much water?

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Over flow? You mean you have a major water leak? I'd call a plumber.

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Most instant-on tankless water heaters require at least 10 psi of water pressure to start the heating process. The flow of water determines how hot the water will be, within the heating range. An electric 110 volts heater will increase the water temperature about 25 degrees F. A gas water heater will increase the water temperature about 45 degrees F.
Too much flow will not allow the water time to heat. Too little flow will not allow the heating system to work. Each heater must have the outflow water flow adjusted for the best heating outcomes. The best way to find the ideal flow is to turn the hot water facet on and adjust it (open or close) until the water reaches the balance of producing hot water.

Apr 25, 2016 | Water Water Heaters

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I installed a dhc tankless heater, but when I open only the hot water everything is ok, but when I open the cold water at the same time the heater turns off.


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

What is happening is that your cold water flow is greater in volume (gals per min) than your hot water. So when you open the cold water it is mixing with the hot water inside the faucett or shower plumbing and actually reverse flowing back into the hot water heater plumbing. The reverse flow slows the water flow sensing turbine inside the heater and it is thinking that there is not any water flow. (There isn't actually due to the equalization of water pressure when you open the cold water faucett) Since this is a safety feature of the tankless heater to keep it from overheating, it shuts off.
Somewhere in the hot water plumbing there is a major restriction. It may very well be the internal plumbing of the tankless hot water heater or the flow detector design.

There are 2 ways to correct this. The easy way would be to restrict the available cold water flow. You can do this by installing another shut off valve inline with the cold water plumbing and just not open the valve all the way. You would have to adjust the setting so that the hot and cold water can be on at the same time and the hot water heater stays on. The hard way is to locate the hot water flow restriction and eliminate it.
It is possible.... if you have a flow restrictor in a shower head or a screen in a faucett areator that they are partially clogged. Clean any flow restrictors and screens then see how the hot water heater performs before you start modifying plumbing.

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My kitchen facet will not activate the hot water buner now and it takes two hot water facets in the bathroom to activate hot water. Is there a maintenance pronlem I need to do? Where are instructions how...


There is a minimum water flow required to operate your Bosch tank-less water heater. It is around .75 gallons a minute. There are three things you can do to help the flow.
1.Turning the temperature down will help increase the flow.
2. Installing higher flow aerators on your faucets.
3. Clean the Bosch tank less water heater.
You are not alone in having this issue. The most common problems are low flow faucet aerators and low flow shower heads.

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Rinnai R50LS- water doesn't heat, even though there is good flow.


If it's a new install: the water is going backwards through the heater and you need to check that your cold water IN is actually hooked up to the cold water IN spot on the heater. they don't register flow if the flow goes backwards through the heater.
If it's not a new install: something is stuck in your flow sensor, drain the unit and take it out to check.

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After water to house was shut off, my Noritz tankless water heater is on but won't produce hot water. On the unit, the light indicating that the burner is on stays off now.


you probably had debris get into the filter or flow sensor when the water was turned back on. I'd recommend checking the filter first and if that doesn't work, call Noritz Tech support to help you with the flow sensor.

the filter is a black plug located on the cold water line (labeled cold on the bottom of the unit). It points torwards the left.

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No hot water from bosch tankless heater


  1. If the display is blank, verify power to electrical outlet. (120VAC/60Hz properly grounded circuit required). Verify that the heater on/off switch is in the on (I) position.
  2. Verify the fuses in the control unit are good.To access fuses, the control unit must be removed. See BULLETIN TWH-G2-24 Two spare fuses are located inside lower access panel of control unit.
  3. Make sure cold water inlet connection is plumbed to the right side of heater when facing unit.
  4. A minimum of 0.8 gallons per minute (GPM) (3 l/m) is required to activate the heater. A quart container should fill in 20 seconds or less to activate heater.
  5. Clean inlet filter screen per chapter 5.2. of the installation manual.
  6. Inspect the water path for obstructions. Make sure all showerheads, faucet aerators and whole house filters are clear of debris.
  7. The heater activates when the water flow through the unit is at or above the required minimum of 0.8 GPM (3 l/m). A crossover creates back pressure on the water flowing through the heater. Therefore, a higher flow rate than normal is needed to force the heater to activate. To check for a plumbing crossover, shut off the cold water supply feed to the water heater. Then open all of the hot water taps served by the heater. Wait 10 minutes and check for water flow at taps. There should be no water flowing. Any continuous flow of water indicates a crossover is present and must be corrected. Consult a professional plumber for help in correcting a crossover. Failing single lever faucets and mixing valves are common causes of plumbing crossovers.
  8. With the ON/OFF switch turned to OFF (O) position and the power supply cord unplugged, remove theunit's front cover (See Page 5. Fig 3 of installation manual). Check wire connections between the water valve, control unit and electrode set. See chapter 9.2 of installation manual for location of these parts.

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Water Heater Keeps Going Off


is there a check valvle on hot water side of heater,a flow restriction of some sort, water pressure to the heater, a filter in the line, line pressure in the heater kicks out burner, when you turn on the water, line pressure drops, heater comes on, when you turn on water in other part of house, heater should not fire, so there has to be a check valve somewhere,in heater?

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When i turn on the cold water to adjust the temperature of water - the hot water turns completly off. I cannot turn on the cold water at all. It is either all hot water or all cold.


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.

Aug 17, 2009 | Water Heaters

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Only goes on when I put hot water on full blast


hi, i expect the problem to be because the flow switch which activates the heater wont switch the heater on as it requires a certain amount of water to activate the flow switch & then bring it on.
It may also be thatthe sensor on the flow switch is scaled up so it needs a greater flow to keep the heater running?
Sensor or flow switch may need replacing.

kindly

Richie

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