I've just discovered, that my gas water heater
is connected reversely.
The cold water pipe goes into 'hot' connection,
and the hot water pipe goes out from 'cold'.
However, I've lived in the house over 2 years
and I haven't noticed anything wrong with
my hot water. The supply is enough.
Should I worry about this reversed connections ?
Can't be sure from here. As the other fellow said..... the plumber mighta
put the dip tube into the cold side (which is marked hot).
The cold water should go into a tube inside the tank, so that the cold water
is piped down to the bottom. The hot comes out the top.
If they are piped bakwards, then you won't get much hot water at all. Can
you fill the bath tub with hot water? If so, then likely you have a good
Well, the efficiency will be lower with the connections reversed. In
order to maintain the right temperature at the faucet, the heater is
probably set higher than it needs to be, to compensate for the fact that
the water coming out (from the bottom) will tend to be relatively cold
compared to the average temp in the heater. When hooked up correctly,
the hottest water is drawn off.
Either way, it's worth having a plumber come out and fix it.
It may be possible that the dip-tube has been switched to compensate for the
reversed connections. If ater two years you haven't had any complaints
about the supply of hot water, and you haven't turned the tank up to the
highest/hotest setting to maintain an acceptable heat, then you probably
would be wasting your $$$$ to have a plumber check it.
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