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Water just warm?Have tryed turning the tap on top of the water heater .Tank no 172ete3f5m

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Take out the four screws that hold the top cover plate on the side of water heater.Remove the cover and carefully seperate the insulation. Be careful of what you touch as the incoming power is connected to the top terminal. There is a thermostat below that with adjustable shaft that has a pointer connected to it. Use a small blde screwdriver to turn shaft to adjust temperature. They usually go up to 140 degrees.Thank you.

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Check if tank is hot.
Open drain valve at bottom of tank, and then raise TP lever at top of tank.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
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If water in lower part of tank is very cool compared with top, then you want to test elements, replace thermostats, and clean sediment out of tank.
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What kind of water heater do you have?
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If the water hot at the water heater?
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http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html

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Cold inlet and hot outlet are marked on top of water heater.
Usually there is a letter or word embossed into the metal top.

If tank is connected, then turn on hot water tap for a few moment and feel which pipe is hot.

Cold water enters bottom of tank through dip tube located on cold side. If hot and cold are reversed, the water heater will not perform as expected.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-dip-tube.html

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Warm water indicates a element is probally in need of replacement. For warm water only more than likely the top element is bad. If you get a burst of hot water for a little while then your bottom one is probally gone bad. Best to replace both elements when changing one out due to not being to exspensive and you have to drain it down anyway.

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Noise in pipe means vibration.
Pipes vibrate when water turns corner, or if there is a clog somewhere in the line, or if there is air in the line.
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Have you tried it with both (hot rod and Gas ) turned on at same time? Is tank well insulated? (looking from behind tank.)
Does temperature drop off quickly, or gradually? Did it supply hot water better before, or this is first time you really measured it out? Need to keep in mind that as hot goes out the top fitting to hot lines, cold is coming in the bottom fitting and beginning to mix with hot, which obvioulsy will cause hot to gradually become warm as it enters. 2 gallons out hot tap, 2 gals., at bottom of tank, then mixing as it flows in usually equals, about 2 gal or less of warm, then cold again. Get many complaints of only enough for a short shower when they have 6 gal tank. You can try adjusting temperature up a little to see if it helps. Keep an eye on pressure relief valve dripping excessively as well as shut pump off for 20min-30 min, then turn it back on before touching any taps, to see if it cycles at all, indicating a leak in the system. If pump doesn't cycle when turned back on, no leaks.

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First, let water heater heat up until it shuts itself off. Now carefully, ( it should be hot) open pressure relief valve slightly and catch some hot water in a cup or container. Compare it to what comes out your tap, that you say is warm only. If that water from pressure relief feels hotter, then check your by-pass valves for proper operation and position on rear of water heater, as it may be in a position that is allowing cold to mix with hot, creating warm. Cold line will go direct in the bottom fitting and hot will come out top fitting, and make sure any valves in between those 2 lines are in off position. If all is well there, or water from pressure relief is only warm as tap as well, then buy a new thermostat and ECO for that particular model water heater from RV dealer/service center, and replace them. They are behind rubber cover on upper left side on water heater. When cover is off, they are held against tank by 3/8 nut. When you replace it, snug nut up good but be careful not to go too much and snap that small brass stud that nut goes on. Pay attention to position of old one, so new one goes same way.

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