I've lived in this apartment for about a year now. When I first moved
in the hot water pressure wasn't up to par with the cold water
pressure. It didn't bother me at first but over the last couple of
months the hot water pressure has rapidly declined. My dishwasher
doesn't even fill because of it. I would either have to wash my dishes
by hand or use my dish washer atleast twice to clean all the dishes
(after they've been rinsed). If i have any more than 1 sink/appliance
using hotwater at once the other goes cold.
This Bradford White has a Hydrojet Total Preformance System but that
doesn't help... There was suppose to be some techs that was going to
come go through the pipes today but they never came. Does anyone have
any ideas of what I could do myself? I am willing for suggestions... I
just don't want to wait around forever trying to actually get some
techs in here to fix it...
Thanks for any advice.
Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater.
See what the pressure/flow looks like.
If OK there, then it's not an internal heater problem.
Cautionary Note: Find out where the Cold inlet shutoff
valve is first, just in case "something" happens to the
If the flow at the drain valve is OK, it could be
corrosion blocking the outlet nipple on the heater
or at some other point in the piping downstream.
This can be a very tricky thing to diagnose and
Ask other tenants if they have a problem. Maybe
the landlord has restricted the cold supply to all
the water heaters. (probably not). Or maybe
someone turned the valve down on the cold water
supply to your hot water tank. (Check that first).
Low pressure is either due to the inlet or the
outlet restriction. If you turn the water supply
valve off, you can disconnect and check the inlet
and the outlet for corrosion if you have the tools
and the skill level.
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