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Old 06-30-2008, 05:53 AM   #11
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We do not have an outside shower and yes I did check the bypass and is is fully closed.

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Old 06-30-2008, 06:38 AM   #12
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This is a puzzler. Have you actually measured how hot the water is coming out of the tank with no cold mixed in? It should be at least 140ºF.

I still am inclined to believe it may be the water heater bypass. There have been cases of them leaking through even though they're closed. There also should be a check valve on the cold water inlet to prevent the hot from backing out of the tank.

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Old 06-30-2008, 03:23 PM   #13
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It might not be dual heat.
I said "IF it was dual" you can get quicker recovery with both on.
You will have a circuit breaker marked water heater
and the water heater has a little rocker switch found hidden in the
outside burner area of the WH if you have electric.

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My Salem has a 20 gallon electric water heater. I never run out of hot water. :-)

I wonder if the hot water is backing into the cold lines somewhere? Is the cold water cold...or warmish?
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:11 AM   #15
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Using the gas we would have to stop the water and lather up so that the hot water would last enough for a single shower. We found out recently that our tank had the electric heat and was shown the small switch hidden on the outside at the hot water tank access. (could not get it to work but a friend found that the cable was out of the breaker)


This past weekend we never used the gas for heating the hot water. On electric, the hot water lasted an entire shower and a second only after a 3-4 minute break before running out.

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