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Old 03-13-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Solved- water heater trouble

I have a sw6de. I use both the electric and propane. I only have about minute of hot water each time we use it. Any ideas?
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Have you closed the by-pass after dewinterizing?
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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Check the Water Heater Bypass valves, located on the rear (as viewed from the outside).

If they are in the BYPASS settings, you will not be drawing water through the Water Heater.

Also, if they are in the BYPASS setting, and there is no water in the Tank, you risk burning out the AC Heating Element.

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Old 03-13-2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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Check your hot water heater bypass valve. Should have three valves, top and bottom (inlet and outlet) should be open or parallel to water lines. Center valve should be closed or perpendicular to water line.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:55 PM   #5
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Just in case no one has mentioned it-
Check your bypass valve(s)!!
Depending on your particular set up you can have 1, 2 or 3 valves.
All MUST be in the correct "summer" position.
If one or more are in the winterize/bypass position you will get a tiny
bit of warmish water then cold.

Your exact question comes up here fairly often and it's nearly always
bypass valves set incorrectly.

It could be faulty heat element/bad thermostat but that's much less
likely.

If you are un-sure of your valves correct position, take a picture of
the back of your WH showing the valves and post here.
We can probably tell you if they look right for hot water mode.
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since I believe my fellow members have knocked this one out, I only have one other suggestion assuming the hw heater valves do need turned is make sure you bleed all the air out of the hw tank as it fills via the pressure relief valve or a hw facet turned on before turning heater back on .
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hot water heater trouble

Thanks to all for your help, but the bypass valves are in correct position. Still having trouble. I have noticed the hot water heater does not come on during the day like it used too. I could hear it come on during the night, but it does not do that anymore.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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Why does everyone refer to them as "Hot water heater". Why would you want to heat "Hot water"? I think the boxes they come in are labeled "Water Heater".
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:29 PM   #9
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Thanks to all for your help, but the bypass valves are in correct position. Still having trouble. I have noticed the hot water heater does not come on during the day like it used too. I could hear it come on during the night, but it does not do that anymore.
Is this gas that's not working or electric?
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:15 AM   #10
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Any luck with figuring out the problem? Looks like the guys are directing you in the right direction.

BTW I moved this thread to here in the Plumbing and Water System & Fixtures sub forum where it should be a better fit for your topic.

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