I replaced an A.O. Smith 80 gallon electric water heater with a Kenmore
80 gallon electric water heater. The install itself went fine. There is
also a smaller 40 gallon electric water heater in series with the 80
gallon with the hot output of the 40 gallon going into the cold input
of the 80 gallon. I presently have the 40 gallon power turned off.
There are a lot of lines running long lengths as the house is 8100
After the install, these are the problems I am having with it along
with some observations:
1) There are now specks of white or light-colored particles in the
system. Many are large enough to be stopped by the mesh of the faucets.
They appear to be plugging up some faucets. Where are these particles
coming from? They did not exist before.
2) Hot water sometimes comes out in various faucets but sometimes does
not. When hot water does not come out, cold water comes out *even when
only the hot water tap is on*
. So cold water is in the hot water
3) There is definitely hot water in the hot water heater and coming out
of it. I can get hot water from the relieve spigot on the tank and the
out pipe is hot.
4) Hot water pressure is lower than before.
My non-professional theory is the particles are in the system and
plugging up some lines. I don't know where they came from or how they
got in the system. I don't know how cold water gets into the hot water
system if some lines are plugged.
I would appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks.