While installing some pipe insulation, I noticed that the water heater
seems to be plumbed in backwards, i.e. the cold supply goes in the
union marked "hot" on the casing, and hot exits from the "cold" union.
I do get hot water, almost normally, however when taking a shower
(after shave & teeth etc), the water runs hot at first, then cold for
a while, before getting hot again. This often puzzled me, but now I
suspect this incorrect plumbing may be the cause.
I suspect the difference between the two ports (Hot & Cold) is only
that the cold has a "dip tube" internally, so that incoming cold water
is directed to the bottom of the tank, and does not immediately mix
with the already hot water. Is this so? If it is, how does any really
hot water get out?
This is in a condo built about 20 years ago, I don't know if it's the
original heater but I guess I could ask the neighbours what they have,
and compare brands.
I'm renting this condo for a year, since last August, so I'd need to
persuade the owner to get it fixed if it really needs fixing.
Another clue they weren't too smart: the furnace takes a 16" x 25"
filter, but there's only 23" clearance to the wall, making it very
difficult to change.
John W Hall < email@example.com>
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.
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