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Have you ever heard that if the steel pipe coming out of the water heater is soldered directly to the copper piping to the house will case your copper pipes to corrode prematurely I was told that we need a dielectric washer between the connection

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Yes you should because these are dis-similar metals,you can get these washers at any hardware store and easy to install

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Get a couple of pipe wrenches for parts that you can unscrew, a torch for copper pipes because you can unsweat the solder and pull the pipes apart. You can take these to the recycling center and get a little money back for all your hard labor. Or take a receipt ocarina saw with a few metal blades and cut them into pieces. If you use a torch don't burn down the house, if you use a reciprocating saw don't cut any electric lines. Also if the pipes are insulated there are special precautions you need to remove it

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When I run hot water for the tub, it has a brown tint


10 year old homes today usually do not have galvanized pipe. They have copper or pex plastic pipe. These do not rust.
Is rusty water on both hot and cold line, or just hot line?
Just hot line, then check anode rod and flush tank:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html#flush
Are you on water well? Well casing can get rusted. Water can have minerals. Call local water well service and describe problem in detail.
Are you on city water or mudd district water? Is pipe coming into house made of galvanized? Look inside meter box or look at pipe coming into house. Sometimes the city water line at end of run can get filled with sediments that will discolor water. Have water company flush the city water line.

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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.

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I currently have a tank type natural gas water heater. My home is near Portland, Oregon, and was built in 1987. to change to a tankless gas water heater, can I use my existing gas vent pipe or will I have...


Depends on what type of vent pipe it is. Usually a house of that age, a better vent pipe is needed. Also, tankless water heaters need a more direct path to exit exhaust then the tank water heaters. Chances are you will need to either just replace the type of pipe to one that can withstand higher heat and/or relocate the pipe exit to a more direct route outside the house.

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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.
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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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Also, the copper pipe that is supposed to carry cold water into tank is very hot, hard/if not impossible to tell cold pipe from hot water pipe. I was told my Rheem AC has an energy feture that release the...


That is normal, the heat just rises from the hot water, the pipe on the right should be cold and if you were to run hot water anywhere in the house it will immediately cool of the cold inlet pipe and you can feel it

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


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Rheem small 6 gallon water heater vibration/noise


If the water heater is working fine than I would not worry about the function of the water heater. What the problem may be is that some of your WATER LINES HAVE MOVED, AS THEY WERE NOT SECURED PROPERLY. The sound you may have heard was the Copper or PVC(Plastic) lines just getting back comfortable. I Suggest checking that your water lines are secured about every 3 or 4 feet with the proper ancjhor....Metal for metal pipe, copper for copper pipe, etc. Sometime as in my house, pipes are run through a hole drilled through a stud or a piece of wood, usually when hot water is run through this pipe. You can here an expansion of the water line interacting with the pipe expanding, if the hole in the wood was not drilled big enough......Experience of remodeling a very old house.......Joe

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Pipes humming in house


From your description, I am guessing you are on a deep well with this answer. I think you have an issue with the well pump. To isolate it do this...........

Turn the main supply valve off to the house. Your well tank should have a hose bib on the well tee. Hook a hose up to that and run it outside. Open the valve to the hose until you heard the pressure click on which activates the pump. After the click close the valve and listen for the hum. If it still hums it is the Well and not the piping in your home.

Will follow-up.............

Please rate this response after testing and Good Luck, Phil

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