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Old 09-14-2016, 07:05 AM   #11
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If I do not want to use hot water can I just prevent the water from filling the tank. Would I close the valve on the cold water side and close the valve on the crossover side. Then I would not fill the tank when I use the city water as my water source, right and would not have to drain the tank.

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Old 09-14-2016, 08:35 AM   #12
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If I do not want to use hot water can I just prevent the water from filling the tank. Would I close the valve on the cold water side and close the valve on the crossover side. Then I would not fill the tank when I use the city water as my water source, right and would not have to drain the tank.

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The water heater should have a bypass kit installed. Take off the bench cover and turn the valves to bypass the WH. It won't fill until you reverse the valves.
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The water heater should have a pressure relief valve at the top behind the outside cover. The best way to confirm that the water heater tank is full is to open the pressure relief valve by lifting the lever and wait for water to come out. That way you know it's filled and the air can escape allowing the tank to fill. You won't get much water out of the taps while the water heater tank is filling.
I just turn on the hot water valve on the sink or outside shower valve to bleed air and verify water in the hot water tank. I do not turn on the hot water heater unless to check or use. I have noticed on my A194HW that with the water pump on I get better flow with both handles on the sink on at the same time.
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The issue with turning on a faucet to see if the heater is full of water, is that if the bypass valve(s) is set to the winterize position you'll get water out of the faucet, but the heater tank will be empty. So if you accidentally forgot to dewinterize the tank will be empty. That's why we always recommend opening the T&P (pop off) valve.
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The issue with turning on a faucet to see if the heater is full of water, is that if the bypass valve(s) is set to the winterize position you'll get water out of the faucet, but the heater tank will be empty. So if you accidentally forgot to dewinterize the tank will be empty. That's why we always recommend opening the T&P (pop off) valve.
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The issue with turning on a faucet to see if the heater is full of water, is that if the bypass valve(s) is set to the winterize position you'll get water out of the faucet, but the heater tank will be empty. So if you accidentally forgot to dewinterize the tank will be empty. That's why we always recommend opening the T&P (pop off) valve.
I guess I am lucky I live in California where it never really freezes for long and I never have to turn the valve off.
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