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I have a forty gallon electic rheem water heater with a pipe going in the bottom and one in the top which wone is the cold water inlet the bottom????

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Hi,
The one with the pipe going to the bottom is the cold...cold water goes in on the bottom and the hot comes off of the top...hot water is lighter then cold water and rises to the top...

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Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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