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Old 01-06-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Help W/ Water heater

Hot water heater seems to be working fine. I can feel the hot water line out of the back, and it feels hot when the hot water faucet gets turned on, but at the faucet it is barely luke warm.

When I turn on both bathroom faucets, then the kitchen, only then, do I get burning hot water. Only out of the kitchens sink. The rest stay luke warm at best.

This is a new 2013 v-lite wikss
Water heater suburban sw6de

Any tips please i sure could use a nice warm shower.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:40 AM   #2
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Your bypass valves are set wrong. Youroo!!

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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X2 your hw heater bybass valve or valves are set in winterize position.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:53 AM   #4
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Look at the rear of your water heater (you may need to remove a blocking panel screwed to a cabinet floor to see it).

There are several valve scenarios that manufacturers use to bypass the water heater when winterizing. One way uses three valves and others use a one way check valve in the discharge line (with one or two visible valves).

Since you are getting hot water out your hot water heater's discharge line I can eliminate the one valve system as you problem.

You most likely have the 3 valve system (similar to the picture)

Make sure the cross over valve (called the bypass valve is closed (cross wise) when in IN and OUT valves are open (IN LINE). If the bypass valve is open, cold water will be mixed with the hot water and what you get will be barely warm, not hot. Make sure your valves look like the photo.

If you are OK there, then look at your shower wands (inside and outside). If the shower valves are open at those faucets and the cross button is closed on the wand, cold water can cross over into the hot pipes when the hot water is used causing the same effect as an open valve.

If neither of those is your problem (one should be), you will need to check each faucet that has a "one handle" mixing faucet for a leaking internal seal.
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