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Water around the copper pipe connection on top of the unit.

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You might have a pinhole leak or if you have a union there tighten it or if it is threaded try to turn it but be careful if it is solidly mounted to valve or somthing you might have shut down and redo the connections. Good Luck.

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Buying a new electric hot water heater and seeing two different types of elements; copper and combination. Is one type better than another, and if so, which one?


hot water systems come in three types
copper--subject to electrolyses around the heater element area where they leak life expectancy in good water areas -- possible 20 years
steel ( vitreous enamel coated to prevent rust-- subject to cracking of the covering during manufacture and transport and rusting around the ports-- life expectancy if in perfect condition - around 10 years
stainless steel-- mainly the cost but if in hard water areas is the most cost effective - life expectancy well past 20 years in harsh water conditions
the heater element are mostly copper as in the stove element and will last a long time provided the heater tank has water covering the element although the element may be stainless
however regardless of the material used it is the porcelain inside the covering that allows the element to short out and burn the cover
most hot water systems use common heater elements so it may be wise to keep operational units for future use
Best is to talk with a good plumber supply shop ( not a hard ware shop) and get all the details before buying a new system
repairing is not really an option

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Water is leaking from the pipe on the top of the tank (Reliance 606 electric) where the hot water comes out and goes into the house. Likely causes?


If tank is rusted out, then that is caused by depleted anode rod, or tank that is not electrically grounded on hot side pipe.
If pipe nipple is rusted out, then that can be caused by improper connection between copper and galvanized pipes, and caused by non-grounded hot water pipes.

If tank is leaking, replace it.
If nipple is leaking, remove with pipe wrench, apply teflon tape or joint compound on threads, and install new nipple. Replace anode rod if possible. Correct copper-galvanized connections. Add ground wire between hot and cold pipes.

http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

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Recently purchassed system from you plumber installed it and we asked specifically not to set it on child settings.....we have not had one HOT shower since. how do we go about resetting the hot water...


These Tankless water heaters attempt to heat water as it quickly travels through a short series of heated copper pipes. A high volume of water at an accelerated speed has little time to heat up as it passes through its heating source. You can turn up the temperature (which you undoubtably tried) and turn the water volume all the way down. These settings will produce the hottest temperature capable of the unit - given the entry temperature of your water source.
Most underground water enters at app 52 degrees - and becomes even colder due to ambient temperatures. Difficult to raise this temperature 60-70 degrees in a few seconds of heating.
I've routed a series of copper pipes adjesent to the home heating system in an attempt to pre-heat incomming water. It's only a few degrees warmer, but results a 20- 30 degree hotter delivery.
I have installed some top end units that simply delivers Hot water without compermise.

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I have a hotpoint hot water heater it's about 6 years old. When I turn the hot water on it runs very slowly the water pressure is very low and it's like this throughout the house how do I fix this problem...


You have clog in the water line.
Since all hot water pipes are involved, clog is probably near water heater.

Buy pressure gauge at hardware store that threads onto hose connection.
Brady BTG 100 at Amazon
Picture of gauge

Check outdoor pressure for baseline pressure in your home.
Turn off electricity to hot water heater for an hour or two so there is not scalding water.
Open drain valve on water heater to see if water heater is clogged with sediment.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html

Put pressure gauge on drain valve and compare with outside pressure.
Open hot water spigot on bathtub and see if tank pressure drops ... if tank pressure drops significantly with bathtub spigot on, then clog is on incoming cold water before tank, and could be on outgoing hot water pipes too.
If tank pressure stays about the same, then clog is on outgoing hot water pipes.

Clog can be sediment caught in cold water shut off valve located above tank. Open and close valve and test pressure again. Take apart incoming cold water pipes above tank and check for sediment. Replace valve. Look at condition of cold water nipple on top of tank.

Sediment caught at hot water elbow near tank.
Sediment can fill up old pipes. Take apart hot water pipes above water heater and see condition.
Look at condition of hot water nipple on top of tank.
You may have to take apart pipes up to first or second elbow.

Pipes can decay at joint where copper pipe connects to galvanized pipe. Check for copper to galvanized connections on cold or hot pipes and replace section of galvanized pipe. Copper pipe will probably be good, the galvanized pipe will deteriorate. Replace copper-to-galvanized joint with 3/4" non-conducting union from hardware store

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My water is cooling in long copper runs and flow issues w/tkless


OK Lag the Pipes, you can get insulation that comes in two halves that goes around the pipes and uses "Ties" to hold the sides together. Or you could lag it with Hessian wrap, Anything you can wrap around and "Lag" the pipes with will be better than nothing.

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I need to convert this water heater to natural gas. Is there a kit available to do this?


No kits are available to convert his unit to NG. This is because the LP uses copper pipe and is within code, the NG uses black pipe and each unit is specifically designed, entirely, to use the gas associated with the unit.

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I have a five year old Rheem heater that has suddenly begun leaking out of the connections at the top of the unit. It seems mainly to be coming up around the seal for the hot water flow. What's with this?


It could just be a leak around the threads of the connection of the pipe nipple in the hot water outlet. If so, you'll have to take out the one there now and replace it with a new one.

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Insinkerator instant hot water tank leaking


When you cut the pipe it has to be cut square or it will leak . Try recutting the end of the pipe and then reinserting it. If this doesn't work then the only thing you can do is replace the fitting.

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Water Heater Replacement


1) After shutting off the water and gas or power supply to the tank, connect a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank, open the valve, and run it to a nearby drain or outdoors. Use two wrenches to unscrew the inlet and outlet fittings from the top of the tank. 2) For a gas water heater, shut off the gas inlet valve and use two wrenches to disconnect the union or flare fitting between the gas supply pipe and the inlet valve. Also remove the flue hat that expels gasses into the flue at the top of the tank. 3) After removing the old unit, set the new one in place with the controls and burner accessible. Allow at least 6 inches of clearance around its perimeter, and keep it away from flammable materials. Use a level to check it for plumb; shim the base with pieces of asphalt shingles or plastic wedges. 4) Wrap the threads of the heat trap fittings with pipe-wrap tape, and screw the fittings into the water heater (blue into the cold water inlet and red into the hotwater outlet). Be sure the arrows marked on the fittings point in the direction of water flow. 5) Install new flexible connectors on the water inlet and outlet pipes. If there is no shutoff valve on the cold water side, install one before connecting the water heater. After all connections are complete, open the shutoff valve to fill the tank. While it is filling, open several hot water faucets in the house to bleed off air in the pipes. 6) Assemble the gas pipes as shown. Spread pipe dope on the threads, and screw together the parts, tightening them with one pipe wrench on the pipe and another on the fitting. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for connecting the unit with gas supply tubing. After turning on the gas, test all connections by brushing soapy water on them and watching for bubbles.

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