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Posted: 07/22/21 06:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm parked at a friends house in Montana for a few days. I couldn't get my hot water heater to heat the water to the usual blistering degrees. I'd run the hot water to drain the tank down with fresh water entering and it wouldn't start. I checked voltages, connections, gas supply....everything was fine. Then I went into the bathroom and tuned on the COLD water and the water was very hot. Turns out the dark green, 100' hose from my friends house, laying in the hot sun, was heating the supply water to the hot water heater to just above the turn on thermostat setting. I was so relieved as I have 2600 miles to go to get home! This morning, upon turning on the hot water heater that wonderful, familiar "click" and "flame roar" was so welcomed! Hope this helps others that might find a similar situation.


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And that is why it's not called a hot water heater. [emoticon]


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Posted: 07/22/21 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Turns out the dark green, 100' hose from my friends house, laying in the hot sun, was heating the supply water to the hot water heater to just above the turn on thermostat setting."

Would have been the last thing I thought about!


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Posted: 07/22/21 11:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Imagine that - a hot water heater that wont heat hot water....


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way2roll wrote:

And that is why it's not called a hot water heater. [emoticon]


Why would anyone need a "hot water heater"?

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That could be concerning, for sure. Glad you figured it out!


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jdc1 wrote:

way2roll wrote:

And that is why it's not called a hot water heater. [emoticon]


Why would anyone need a "hot water heater"?


Right.

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jdc1 wrote:

way2roll wrote:

And that is why it's not called a hot water heater. [emoticon]


Why would anyone need a "hot water heater"?


My wife and I have had this discussion for years! Just cant get her to understand the "Water Heater" Is heating COLD water!


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Posted: 07/22/21 04:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have a brother-in-law whom used to work for Lowe’s in the appliance department. He said anytime someone would ask to see their hot water heaters, he say something like… Sorry sir Lowe’s does not sell hot water heaters, but if you’d like to see an appliance that heats cold water they’re right this way under the water heater sign.


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Posted: 07/22/21 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see an opportunity for someone to come up with a set of valves similar to the wh bypass ones to allow an external source of preheated water (by solar) to feed the cold water side of the wh. That way you could use it when there is ample sun and warmth. A side benefit is a greater supply of hot water.

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