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Hot water tank shuts down after 5 minutes pilot is on water is luke warm

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Turn up the thermostat,, if that don't work, you need to replace the thermocoupling

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When i turn on the shower the water will be warm for one minute and then cold, I have to turn it down and open again to get warm water


Reasons for this: ???
  • bad elements,
    • if one is bad, just replace both
  • bad thermostat or both of them?
  • broken dip tube / cold water mix tube
    • Notice the "RED" in the 1st pic on the left. 90% + of the tank is hot, with a broken tube, 75% of the tank is luke warm to cold.
Check for them. not that difficult of a fix


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If your pilot is lit, and you have valve turned from pilot to ON, and thermostat is up on warm or hot, and you still don't have main burner on, then you have bad gas valve (the square thing with temperature and on/off/pilot). These unscrew from water heater and can be replaced, but keep in mind that they go directly into tank, so shut off water and drain unit first!

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What are you expecting to happen?

I assume the water heater and water inside it is cold (otherwise you would not be lighting it). You light the pilot. The main burner comes on and the pilot lights it. The main burner should stay on until the tank is hot, When the tank gets hot the main burner should shut off but the pilot stay on. If you draw hot water, cold water will run in and cool the tank. If yu do nothing the tank will eventually just cools off. then the main burner should come back on to reheat the tank.

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After draining solids from the water heater I now have mostly luke warm water. And had no problem before.


the dip rod in heater may have failed. did you see any white chips in sediment while draining. if so its the dip rod, they do fail sometimes. If the water heater in your home was built between 1993 and 1996 and you are beginning to find small pieces of plastic in your faucet aerators, shower nozzles and washing machine supply tube, or if your water temperature is suddenly not as warm as it used to be, the source of the problem may be your water heater's dip tube. The purpose of a dip tube is to carry cold water to the bottom of the tank, where it is heated for use. The defective dip tubes tend to crumble and disintegrate into the tank. Over time, its plastic ! have a very good day !

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Our hot water will last for about 5- 10 minutes then turn luke warm. I have replaced both elements but problem remains . Do you hink it is the thermostat ? thanks chazz


If you have not done so already then turn thermostats up to 140 degrees. You may also try to drain and flush tank to clean out any mineral deposits that could be hurting your effiency. To do this shut off electrical power to heater then connect garden hose to drain valve on the bottom of tank. Run hose to floor drain or other safe area and open drain valve. If it drains good with the water on then let it flush for a couple of mins. then shut incoming water supply off. Let tank drain as far as it will. You may need to open a faucet on the hot side of nearby fixture to break vacumn.
Drain it completly then close drain valve and hot side of faucet.Turn water supply back on and let tank refill. Do this 2-3 times to get inside of tank as clean as possible. Hope this helps you and thanks. P.S. You may need to replace thermostat also.

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My oil fired hot water heater provides only sporadic hot water. For example, when I am home alone it takes 2 minutes to get luke warm water in the shower, then it is only warm for a few minutes, then...


It sounds like your thermostat on the water heater isn't working properly. try turning it up higher and if this doesn't work I would have a service techy look at it.

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My jAYCO rv only get luke warm water for as few seconds and


Also check that by-pass valve(s) is/are, in proper position at back of tank.

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Hot water tank shuts down after5 minutes pilot still on water


Carefully catch some water in a container from pressure relief valve (pull lever slightly) at top of tank, and see if it's up to temperature. If it's hot there, I suspect your by-pass at back of the tank, is faulty. Depending on what by-pass system your using, it may be in wrong position, blocked, or mixing hot and cold. Cold water flows into bottom of tank, and hot out the top. If any valve in between the 2 lines, close it, and make sure valves in and out of bottom and top are open. Let me know what you find, or if water from pressure relief valve is not hot either.

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After a few minutes of burner heating the water, gas shuts off.


A couple of things to check:

If possible, remove the pilot gas assembly and clean the gas jet and thermocouple - they can get carboned up and stop working properly. Make sure the pilot flame and deflector is aimed properly and making the thermocouple glow red hot. If the problem persists, you may want to replace the thermocouple and also check the propane regulator.

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