Confusion About Water Heater Straps

Question: Why is there so much confusion about earthquake straps for water heaters? No one seems to agree on what's required. As Realtors, we need to comply with applicable laws while meeting the needs of our clients, but we get differing answers from plumbers, home inspectors and building departments.

Some say two straps are needed; others say one is sufficient. Some say plumber's tape is OK; others insist it's inadequate. Some say the straps should wrap all the way around the tank; others say this is not necessary. Some even maintain that electric water heaters need no straps at all.

How do we get to the bottom line on earthquake straps?

Answer: Since 1982, the Uniform Plumbing Code has mandated seismic safety straps for most water heaters. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent fire, explosion or water damage if a water heater should topple during an earthquake.

Originally, the code merely stated that water heaters "shall be anchored or strapped to resist horizontal displacement due to earthquake motion." But no installation standards were included with this code. Types of hardware and methods of attachment were left to the discretion of the installer.

In the 1990s, strapping requirements were upgraded. According to the newer code, "strapping shall be at points within the upper one-third and lower one-third" of the water heater. To date, this is all the plumbing code has to offer on the subject.

Two straps are required, but there are still no specifications as to techniques and materials to be employed.

However, the plumbing code, as it relates to water heater strapping, has been superseded by higher standards set forth by the California Health and Safety Code.

In 1989, the state Legislature established the following health and safety standards: (1) All water heaters sold in California shall be braced. (2) Manufacturers of water heaters must provide installation instructions for seismic straps with each fixture sold. (3) The office of the state architect must prepare generic installation instructions with standard details illustrating minimum standards for earthquake strapping.

The state architect's specifications, published in 1992, stand as the legal criteria for adequate strapping of water heaters in California.

Basically, the effective standards are these:

(1) All water heaters must be strapped, whether gas or electric.

(2) Two straps are needed, one in the upper one-third and one in the lower one-third of the fixture.

(3) Straps may consist of either plumber's tape (at least 24 gauge) or half-inch-diameter metal conduit.

(4) Straps should wrap all the way around the body of the water heater. (Many of the strapping kits available in hardware stores fail to comply with this requirement.) (5) Straps should be secured to adjacent walls and from opposing directions.

(6) Straps should be secured to the wall studs using lag bolts that are a quarter inch in diameter by 3 inches long.

To obtain an illustrated copy of these standards, contact the State and Consumers Services Agency at (916) 653-3817. Ask for a copy of "Earthquake Bracing of Water Heaters for Residential Use." Cigarette Smell Can Be Traced to Next Door Condo Q: The condo I just purchased has been professionally inspected, and one of my main concerns has been the odor of cigarette smoke. The sellers didn't smoke, so the smell must be coming from the smoker who lives next door. My home inspector looked for openings in the walls but didn't seem to find any. Do you have any suggestions as to how the smoke is getting into my unit?

A: The common walls that separate condos are typically sealed and insulated for noise reduction. Therefore, the passage of air from one unit to another is most unusual. To determine the path by which your neighbor's exhaust is intruding into your air space, let's commence a simple process of elimination.

First, try sealing any possible openings that may exist in the common walls between your home and your neighbor's.

Install weather seals at all of the electric outlets and switches on the adjoining walls. These can be purchased, rather inexpensively, at most hardware stores.

Next, apply a seam of caulk where the baseboards meet the subfloor surfaces. To do this properly, you will need to roll back the carpet. If smoke persists after these preventive measures, your next step is to climb onto the roof.

An area of potential smoke entry could involve the chimney terminations above the building.

With many condos, fireplaces in adjoining living units are installed back to back, with the chimneys emerging at the roof in pairs. If the chimney tops are too close together, cigarette smoke in your neighbor's chimney could be blown down your chimney on windy days. A height extension of one or the other chimney could eliminate this possibility.

A third location of possible smoke transmission is the attic. Two construction defects commonly found in condos may jointly enable the transmission of smoke from one unit to another, via the attic.

First of these is the failure to install separation walls between the attic spaces of the respective living units.

Second is venting of bathroom exhaust fans into the attic, rather than to the exterior of the building.

When both defects occur in the same building, the attic becomes an avenue of air circulation between dwellings and could enable smoke from one home to penetrate into another.

If this condition exists in your building, the solution would be to install partition walls in the attic and to vent the exhaust fans through the roof, as required by code.

Got a question about any aspect of the home inspection? Send it to Barry Stone, Los Angeles Times, 540 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay, CA 93442. Or visit Stone's Web site: All questions will be considered for use but cannot be answered individually.

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googletag.display("div-ad-articleLeader");Safety Points When Repairing Or Replacing Any Water HeaterFollow Carefully To Avoid Injury Or Property DamageAll present a need to use extreme caution when servicing. Some types of need attention in areas that  others may not. These are common safety precautions that must be taken broken down by the various models out there. Gas ;Gas  have  a few things that are unique to this type of unit. First and foremost when working on a gas water heater is to make sure you've positively shut off the gas to the appliance. This is usually done right at the meter. There are some that will have a gas shutoff right at the unit and this is also an acceptable place to close the gas supply. Propane as well as natural gas units follow the same safety rules.Secondly some gas have an electrical connection as well as the gas hookup. This will be to power a draft inducer or power vent. It can also be for electronic ignition systems. All power  supplies should be shut off, prior to performing any service work. This can be done at the electric panel by locating and shutting off the proper circuit breaker. It can also be done at the unit if an emergency on off switch is available. Either way it's recommended that an electrical meter be used to check and make sure there is no power present before servicing. Electric ;Electric will require the same precautions.  All electricity to the unit must be shut off and proven to be shut off with the use of an electrical volt meter. Most electric use 220 volts. There should be no power present whatsoever. Use caution and make sure a volt meter is used to be sure the power is off. Some units wired for off-peak savings can bring power from several sources. This is the reason that testing is so important. Oil Fired ;Oil fired have a supply line coming from a remote  oil storage tank. This line brings fuel oil to the burner. A shutoff valve should be in line, usually at the oil tank. Close this valve to positively shut off the oil supply.There will be a fire-o-matic valve in line, at the burner of the oil-fired water heater. This valve uses a spring-loaded action to shut off the oil supply in case of fire. The round handle on top will be reverse threads. On this valve the rotation of the handle to close it will always be counterclockwise. Unscrewing this valve handle until the top comes right off will assure the valve is off. You should feel the valve stem depressing as the handle is turned. If you don't tap the valve to un-stick the mechanism inside.Oil fired also use electricity to run. This should be shut off either at the electrical panel by locating and turning off the proper breaker, or at the emergency switch at the burner. Once again a volt meter is recommended to make sure there is no power to the unit. Common Safety Issues For All Types Of All types of present a common reason to use extreme caution when repairing or replacing any components. The water inside is extremely hot and it's recommended that all units be allowed to completely cool before attempting any servicing.This type of apparatus now comes in models that are super insulated and it can take literally days for the water heater to cool down. This is due to the minimal heat loss. The process can be expedited by running the hot water in the home after the water heater has been disabled. This will push out any remaining heated water and replace it with cool water from the your water main, or well. Allowing you to safely drain the unit for repairs or replacement.How to Clean and Service an Oil BurnerAmazon Price: Buy Now(price as of Oct 13, 2013)Repairing Or Replacing An Oil Fired Water HeaterNot a job for the weak at heartWhen your repairing an oil-fired water heater, many times the problem will lie in the burner not firing when it's called. This can be due to several causes. First and foremost is there fuel in the oil tank Once it's established that your oil burner is getting fuel, the next thing to check is the emergency switch. There are normally two. One will be located at the burner appliance and the other is usually upstairs outside of the basement door.Many times one of these switches has been inadvertently turned off. Believe it or not this happens often. Having a breakdown be this easy to fix usually isn't so common.The next thing we'll look at is what's known as a "cad cell". This is a photo sensitive eye that acts as a watchdog for the flame in the burner. If the unit starts and a flame is not seen by this component within 60 seconds, the photo cell which is wired in line will disable the burner to keep the pump from running when the oil burner has failed to fire.This cad cell is located under the transformer on most oil burners. There are two hold down screws between the transformer and the burner appliance. These are loosened with a proper sized nut driver and the transformer can then be tipped open. Inside the small cad cell plugs into socket.Remove the cad cell init and wipe it clean with a damp paper towel. Notice any black residue that shows up on the white paper towel. This will fool the eye into believing there is no flame. Once you have cleaned the cad cell re-insert it into the socket from which it came. Close the transformer cover and retry your system.This will take resetting the primary controller on top of the burner. There is normally a red button to hold down for resetting. If the hold down button doesn't reset then you most likely have a bad control and this will need to be replaced.Another reason for an oil burner to fail is a clogged oil filter. This piece of equipment is usually right after the oil tank. There should be a valve to shut off the tank. Once the tank valve is closed the oil filter can be disassembled and a new cartridge can be installed. Re-fire the system and see if this solves the problem.One other issue that can happen when oil tanks are outside. Cold temperatures can cause heating oil to solidify. The pump will lose the ability to move the thicker oil. For cold climate conditions with out door tanks a mixture or blend as it's called must be used to prevent freezing.Many oil fired  have power venter's today. Some will have a draft inducer. Both perform the same function. They remove the toxic waste fumes from an oil burner to a remote location outside where they will disperse harmlessly.When a power venter fails it can be because of a leak in the flue piping or a bad motor. It can also be the controls that run the unit. There are also spill switches that sense temperature. These should be checked for failure as some are reset-able.Replacing an oil fired water heater will mean disconnecting your oil line after shutting it off of course. All electrical connections and following the water pipe instructions later in this article, which are common to all types of .Repairing Or Replacing A Gas Fired Water HeaterFirst and foremost when dealing with gas-fired hot is to be sure it's legal within your jurisdiction to work on your own unit. Some gas codes won't allow anyone but a fully licensed plumber or gasfitter to touch anything gas related in their areas.If you find that working on your own gas equipment is legal then please follow all the safety precautions previously discussed. Gas can be deadly improperly handled. severe property damage and personal injury is possible.That being said,  here are a few things that the average homeowner can carry out easily when it come to gas water heater repair. One of these will be a thermocoupling replacement. This will have the symptom of your pilot light continuously going out and not staying lit when you try to restart it. There is a metal probe that sticks right into the pilot flame on standing pilot type gas-fired hot . This probe is heat sensitive and allows the main burners to run if it senses heat from the pilot. When the heat is interrupted the pilot will be shut down and the main burners will not open. This is a safety feature to keep your basement from filling up with gas when the burner hasn't been ignited ny the pilot flame.When the pilot goes out you can try to re-light it. Sometimes just a fluke, it does happen. A backdraft down the chimney or in the room when an exterior door is opened can blow out a weak pilot flame. Re-lighting and preventing the draft from re-offending is the solution.If the pilot lights but won't stay lit then most likely there is a bad thermocoupling. This is a copper or aluminum wire that runs from the flame probe, up and into the gas valve. They come in various lengths and models to match the one your replacing. There are small nuts on both ends and several screws are normally holding the assembly into the burner area. Remove the unit and replace with the same model and length. These are available at your local plumbing supply house. You'll need the old part to match up.installation is the reverse of removal and once the part is reinstalled you must test the line either with compressed air or by turning on the gas and spraying the connections with a soapy water solution. Watch for any bubbling. None is exceptable as gas piping must be 100 percent leak proof to be safe.Once you have determined there are no leaks present you can go ahead and try out the repair. Restart the water heater and relight the pilot according to the directions that will be on the unit. If this repair doesn't solve the problem then next is the gas valve. All gas valves are not created equal and the one you have must be replaced with the same make and model number. This task is usual;ly not taken on because the cost of labor and materials almost doesn';t make sense when new units are available for almost the same cost.Follow the instructions for the water line part of gas water heater replacement, later in this article. These instructions will be all the same for all types of hot . The gas part will consist of only disconnecting the gas line once the gas has been turned off., and reconnecting it once your done.Water Piping Portion Of Repairing Or Replacing A Water HeaterOne size instruction sheet will fit allIssues that can cause a hot water heater failure are often attributed to a continued leak in the water lines. If a small amount of water constantly drips from a leak anywhere in the system, there will be a significant increase in the amount of harmful minerals and iron that will decrease the lifespan of all types of .Whether you burn oil or gas or even when an electric water heater is being used. All leaks no matter how small should be repaired immediately upon discovery. This will assure you the most longevity you can get from your Water heater.When a leak is discovered the first thing that must be done is to shut off the water prior to the leak. Use the closest shutoff you can find to the repair area working towards the water main. Once you find a valve, close it to isolate the water heater from the water supply.Make sure you have read and followed the shutoff and safety procedures and cautions above. If you have then all power and fuel sources should be verified off at this point. Find the boiler drain at the bottom of your water heater. Usually right in plain sight. Occasionally you will need to remove the lower cover from the bottom of the water heater to get access to this valve. It will be a simple faucet that allows a hose connection to be made.Be sure to run your drain hose outside somewhere safe, or to a plumbing drain if you have one low enough. Next you'll hook the hose to the boiler drain and open the valve.  You will need to go into the home and open all hot water faucets. This will allow air to be pulled into the pipes as the water drains out below. continue draining until the water heater is completely drained.If your leak is on a threaded fitting, you'll need to back up to the nearest union or threaded coupling that can be taken apart. If this threaded union doesn't exist then the pipe must be cut to make the repair.TIP; On rare occasions if the right conditions exist, a large pipe wrench can be used to turn a threaded nipple into the fitting it's leaking from, about a half revolution. Put pipe thread compound up against the fitting and completely cover the threads that are entering the fitting. The goal is to decrease the possibility of a leak. Keep in mind you'll be unwinding it from the fitting on the other end. If you try to over-do this tip, your likely to cause another leak.Leaking copper lines can be cut, and couplings with new pipe installed to make the repairs. This will also be the procedure for replacing a water heater as well. Use a tubing cutter and remove the leaking pipe section. match up the size of the piece you cut out and then follow these instructions on how to solder copper tubing.When replacing any water heater you'll simply follow the instructions for each type of water heater above to shut down the unit and then disconnect all connections.This will include your fuel source, after making positively sure it's one hundred percent off at the source. Your water main is off and all lines have been drained before you begin.You have accounted for and acquired all the necessary parts to replace any components that are needed and you have the new water heater on site and ready to go.You have checked to make sure it is legal for you to work on your own water heater in the part of the country you live in.Once these requirements have all been addressed you can safely make all the cuts and disconnect the old water heater. Remove electrical wiring from any electric models and tag the wires. Note colors and the color of the wire it was connected to if different.Move your old unit from your path, and place the new water heater in it's place. Try to line up any hard threaded pipes such as gas piping with a priority because these are the hardest to alter for configuration. Copper lines can be re-routed if need be.Tie back in any flue pipes next, as these are also more difficult to work with then simple copper tubing. Last but not least, tie in your water lines and solder it all up. Test the water lines by shutting off all the faucets that you opened upstairs and turning on the water slowly.If there's a leak you'll hear air being pushed out of the leak, before the water gets there. This gives you a chance to fix any solder leaks before you get the system wet. It can save a lot of time filling the system with this slow fill method.Once you have the water lines tight you can test your fuel connections. Oil leaks will simply be visible as a mess on the floor. Gas pipes should be tested with a soapy water spray solution on the joints. If there's a leak the soap will bubble up.Turning on the power to the electric water heater will be the test. If the breaker pops then you miss wired the new connections. Check your notes and the water heater instructions and if still in need of answers call a qualified electrician.Once you have finished testing your job you can place the new water heater on-line and see how the job went. Give your new water heater the proper amount of time to heat up and test the water at your kitchen sink.The normal range for domestic to make your hot water would be between 110 and 120 degrees farenheit. This will of course be set to personal preference once you've allowed the unit to get to temp. Re-adjust up or down in slight intervals until your completely satisfied with your functionality.Conventional Electric Water HeaterLess efficient than a Tank-less unitCredit: DreamakerConventional Gas Water HeaterCredit: DreamakerRheem 22V40F1 Natural Gas Water Heater, 40 GallonAmazon Price: $452.00 $352.19 Buy Now(price as of Oct 13, 2013)Rheem 42VR40-40F High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater, 40 GallonAmazon Price: $1,268.00 $387.89 Buy Now(price as of Oct 13, 2013)function articleAdMiddleLoad()if (typeof jQuery != "undefined") var lastPosition = 0;var minimumDistanceBetweenAds = 1200;var minimumDistanceFromBottom = 300;var adsToPlace = 20;for(var i = 1; i 0// element is after last placed ad&& !$(this).hasClass("articleAdMiddle")// element is not an ad&& ($(this).position().top - lastPosition > minimumDistanceBetweenAds // enough space between ads&& $(".articleText").height() - $(this).position().top > minimumDistanceFromBottom// enough space from the bottom of the article|| $(this).prev().hasClass("articleSlideshow") // previous element is a slideshow))$(this).before($("#articleAdMiddle" i));googletag.display("div-ad-articleMiddle" i);lastPosition = $(this).position().top;spotFound = true;return false;);// If no spot can be found, stop the loop and remove any remaining banner slots.if(!spotFound)for(var j = i; j
What to Do About This Potential Mold Issue?
Mold can be tricky. Bleach does not kill mold. It only "bleaches" it. Only certain EPA approved products can eradicate mold. I would look for a leak...roof leak, water heater, bathroom tub....or lack of insulation resulting in condensation like a non-vented bathroom fan. Home depot has a nice rent-able spray system to remove and kill mold or you can call a licensed/certified remodeler who has specialty equipment to remove the mold and you can finish up the remodeling yourself. My main point is to get an expert if you can not find the source of the previous mold/leak or feel overwhelmed using EPA approved mold killer and then remodeling as normal. Mold esp "Black Mold" can be deadly so a few simple store bought HD/Lowes. mold detection tests can give you some peace of mind expert is usually better but start out simple...... Best of luck and let us know how you do...1. Which Hot Water Heater is good for us?That many residents and bathrooms pretty much demands you stick with the large gas heater. Gas water heaters recover faster than electric ones; a larger heater can deliver a larger, longer surge of hot water if more than one shower is going at the same time, and the gas heater can sort of keep up with the heating requirements of a couple of showers going simultaneously. All other factors being equal, find a water heater with the highest burner capacity. That can better keep up with the ongoing flow and behave, kinda, as a "tankless" to heat water as it's used. After that, find one with the longest warranty you can afford. Gas heaters die younger than electrics, generally. There's more surface area and more localized heating, which stresses the enamel lining inside, causes it to crack, and then the steel rusts and fails. If you can periodically replace the anode rod, that will essentially reset the corrosion clock inside the heater, as the anode rod corrodes first. Putting in a new one can keep the heater going way beyond the warranty period. The downside there is it's hard to find replacement anode rods, and they are damned hard to remove. You need a wrench as long as your leg. If you replace one grease its threads first, so you can get it out again later. After that, do whatever you can to minimize heat loss. Add insulation. Be careful not to block off flue exits or air intakes, of course. Add plenty of insulation to the hot pipes, too. The less heat lost from the tank to the fixture, the more heat makes it to the fixture and maybe you can turn the hot water down a bit at the fixture. Consider adding insulation to the exhaust flue, too. If it runs any distance inside the building, insulating it is a good thing to do: less waste heat inside that air conditioning has to remove, and less condensation inside too, condensation that is slightly acidic. Get it all out and gone. After that, consider adding a timer. Most gas water heaters, though gas, still have an electric plug to run the thermostats and ignition. You can put that plug on a timer and simply have the heater turn off during the night, when you are not using it. Have it come on again about thirty minutes before people start getting up and there will be plenty of hot water for morning showers and whatnot. Off again during the day while everyone's at work. Do not listen to people telling you you wo not save money by putting the thing on a timer. I actually PUT my water heater on a timer, and it made an immediate and noticeable dent in my utility bill. It WORKED. But I had done all that other stuff, first, to minimize how much heat had to be made up after down periods. Good luck with it.2. How Hot Should Water Heater Be?130 anything lower you risk long recovery time 130 is the highest you can go without risking being scalded. BTW Both t-stats should be the same temp3. rats or hot water heater noises? puzzled.?It sounds like the expansion and contraction of the pipes and heating duct surfaces. You really need to relax. I live in an old house and it makes all kinds of noises. Try putting on the tv or a mellow radio station or a fan as white noise and do not worry about the normal noises of living. If you see a rodent then that is one thing but do not freak about stuff that's not that big of a deal. Relax
Gas Water Heater Using a Car Radiator?
Auto radiators are not made to handle any temperatures much over 250F or so, the temperature of pressurized water close to boiling. A propane flame on the radiator would definitely not work. You would have melting solder or other problems. .1. How do you turn on a home radiator?At the bottom of each radiator, usually on the right, you should see some kind of valve/knob. You need to open these fully, by turning them anti-clockwise. Make sure you do this to every one. If they have not been used in a while, they might be a little stiff.2. how do i flush a radiator?most have a little plastic tab on the passenger side on the bottom corner. just twist it , pull out on it, should open up. or you can take off your lower radiator hose, and then you can put your water hose in the tank, fill it back up, let the water out, do it a few times, that should be good. just be sure to fill it back up with antifreeze/coolant3. Whats the Hose under radiator?How about a photo? ( I cant picture what you are describing ) Most hoses connecting to radiator are straight with some bends, not coiled. I had never seen a hose connecting to a fan. Is this a rubber hose, or metal? It depends where is the leak, if it is on the connector part or on the body of the hose. In repair shops, they will not repair hoses, they replace them. As a handy man, if its a rubber hose, you may get away with using a coupler, cut the hose where the leak is, insert the coupler, then use hose clamps. If its metal, then it could be soldered etc. There are different way to approach and fix a hose leak. Need more details.4. Can you make a radiator out of wood?!?lmfaooo um.. i guess if you coat the wood with something to prevent the burning it might work for like a few days5. Is it just the radiator?It is more than the radiator now,for the engine may be damaged from overheating .You need to be looking at another car to use,for the cost of fixing this may exceed the value of the whole.The problem could have been prevented with the checking out for loss of coolant from the beginning.6. What are the signs that you need a new radiator?Is it leaking?7. how do you solder an aluminum radiator?There is a low temperature "welding" rod available that can be used w/ a Mapp or propane torch. Have seen it demonstrated at boat shows & looks good to me. They repaired aluminum mower decks,canoes & castings. Might be worth looking into rather than an epoxy putty.8. 1987 VW Golf radiator question?I agree. Fairly straightforward replacement. However, the procedure of re-filling of the coolant is different from most USA cars. Please get yourself a good VW repair manual for that year. You will be glad you did.9. how much is a salvage 2008 toyota sienna worth?in support, heed the above. thumbs. as Terrence knows, it prolly has not been inspected down the the bare bones. and they will not buy new parts to fix anything. they will use what they have on the lot. that means the only thing that has 49000 miles on it for sure is the chassis. everything or anything hanging on or in this could have tons more miles. ei; engine/drive train, front clip, radiator, alt, etc........ depends on if it got picked b4 they decided to reclaim it. sometimes they sit and get picked while waiting for suitable part donors. -------- so it was hit in the rocker panel. guessing, prolly bent frame. "humpty dumpty" syndrome. good reason for total. vehicles do not always survive that. they have to be put on a jig/tool to be straightened. they do not always turn out right. i've never, ever, seen or heard about a wrecking yard that had a frame jig/tool. they would have to send it out to be done. other issues from a bent frames are the stresses on other panels. sheet metal warp-age, body/door lines/gaps not even close, paint/primer flaking off, front or rear window and door seal leaks that can not be solved. i've driven one of these that you could drive and take you hands off the wheel. seemed fine. but following it, i saw it go sideways down the road. that will send you spinning in a panic stop. or in the rain. or worse, snow w/ just normal braking.
Water Heater Leaking From the Bottom? (DO THIS)
Normally, replacing a water heater should be done by a professional but if you are a DIYer, you can do it yourself. On most models, you will need to remove the plumbing connected to the water heater, and disconnect the power inside the access panel. For gas water heaters, be sure to turn off the gas line leading to the water heater, and disconnect the line where it enters the tank.Why will my gas hot water heater not stay lit?I had a furnace that kept loosing the pilot light. The culprit was a piece of plastic under the nut where the thermocouple was connected to the main gas valve. Check that. OR the problem could be that it's dirty or not tight. If that does not resolve the problem then call the manufacturer and tell them what has been going on. Maybe - just maybe they will do something for you since the heater is not very old. Hope this helps. 'av'a g would ay mate. ")Why Won't My Water Heater Pilot Light Stay Lit?Are you sure it is not an electronic pilot light that only lights when needed?Can I replace a 30A breaker with a 40A breaker for a new water heater?Sure!If you do not care about your home burning down. Or fires. Or death.Breakers are matched to wiring, in the same way that brakes and tires are matched to the vehicles they are installed on.That 30A breaker protects you from excess current flowing through the system. Installing a 40A breaker raises the ceiling on the allowed current. Now more current can flow than your wiring can accommodate, which generates heat in that wiring. Run the circuit at 39A and your wires might melt or catch fire, given enough time and bad luck. The breaker wo not trip though because it's rated for 40A.Some here have raised the possibility your wires might have been overspecced from the beginning, allowing a 40A breaker. OK, but who would do that and why? Your electrical system is installed as a complete system designed to work together. Overpaying by installing up-rated wiring is not real popular!Think of it like this. You just swap out a 30A breaker with a 40A breaker. You are allowing the electrical system (not just the breaker) to run at 33% over it's rated capacity. What do you think happens to your safety margin when you do that? You do not have a safety margin anymore; you are dancing with PeleI left my heat/water heater off during winter for one month - will it be okay?We have no idea,,where do you live ? We are retired over the road truckers from Iowa, we would be gone for weeks at a time,,we turned the heat down low, but in case heat went out we chose to shut the water off at the main valve in the basement. We also got an outdoor clock style thermometer and hung it in the window facing out. My trusted neighbor could see what the temp was and call me or a family member,,,just a thought,,good luck !.My hot water heater pilot light keeps going out - what can I do?I would try one more thermal couple, I have seen where you can can get a bad one. Make sure that the spot where it screws into the gas valve is clean. these work on milivolts so it does not take much to keep them from working. does the new thermal couple you just put in still look good? I ask to make sure the heater is burning ok and your not burning them out. And I would just make sure that your chimney pipe is drafting all the time even when the heater is not running this could blow the pilot out.( hold match next to chimney if it pulls the flame in your good. ).i turned off the electric hot water heater by way of circuit breaker and cant get it to work again?Perhaps it is working but you have not waited long enough for the water to heat yet. Why did you turn it off?Have a 3 month old water heater that won't heat.?Just from reading your description of the problem it sounds like a professional that has some idea of what they are doing would be in order here. You will likely electrocute yourself trying to repair this thing. The 220Volts that are required to run the elements in an electric water heater is nothing to mess with if you are not qualified.
Who Has a Tankless (demand) Water Heater?
u . s . I put in one at my brother's homestead. He replace into heating his warm water from an Amtrol tank off he warm water boiler for the homestead heating device. His summertime gas bill to run the boiler in user-friendly terms for the nice and comfortable water replace into $a hundred consistent with month. that is in user-friendly terms hium, his spouse, and one teenage daughter. After the tankless water heater replace into put in, the gas bill dropped to $26 consistent with month. It fee approximately $one thousand to $1100, alongside with the heater and all the areas. of direction, i did no longer fee labor to my brother. We put in a Noritz. that's sized for 3 loos and a kitchen. you are able to set the water temperature with a hand-held distant administration. They like it. the only downside - and that's a tiny, minor inconvenience, is they should wait approximately one minute longer for the nice and comfortable water to hit the faucet. this is via the fact the water heater would not shop a tank full of warm water waiting. different than that, they like it1. How to stop a leaking hot water heater?You have done about all that you can do by turning off the power and water supply. You might try putting various pots/pans/etc under it to catch the runoff2. Is there a way to convert a Natural Gas water heater to LPG?You will probably get a more reliable answer from a GE tech than you will from Yahoo Answers3. I'm buying a house with an electric stove top - I want a gas stove top.?It depends. Is there any gas in the house at all? Is your furnace gas? It will cost more if you have no gas line into your home all ready. Hopefully, your furnace or water heater are all ready gas, and the gas company will only have to run a line up through your floor into the kitchen4. What is the best tankless hot water heater?I bought two Bosch electric tank-less heaters. One a "whole house" size that runs two bathrooms and the kitchen. It did not work when originally installed. It had faulty parts right from the factory. Bosch did pay to have someone repair it (not covered by the warranty) and the parts were free (were covered by the warranty). It took a little convincing to get them to pay for the technician to do the repair but they did. It has since worked flawlessly, for over a year. It will run hot water for 3 sinks at the same time, but if someone is in the shower and another outlet is opened there will be screaming. The second heater was Bosch's smallest, and I use it only for the laundry room. It runs the washing machine and the laundry sink. I cannot get "hot" water from the laundry sink, only warm water. I am uncertain as to whether the unit is faulty or that's as good as it can do. I can "live" with it, and prefer not to have another fight with the manufacturer over the repair so I let it go. I imagine that these were the very earliest machines off of the assembly line. I also presume they were made in China or somewhere where quality control is a four letter word.5. Hot water heater dripping under house?It could be condensate. There's a plate around the heater called the 'pan', that pipe, the drain, should be coming from the pan. Hot water heater is hot, maybe the ambient air is cool enough cause condensation, thus the drip. When in doubt, have someone check it out.6. Why would a gas hot water heater only leak water when the hot water is used?is the water coming from the relief valve?..if so,you will need a plumber.....otherwise,its possible that a packing nut on a shut off valve is dripping when the cold outside water coming through the water heater inlet cold line cools off the valve...then it warms back up when water heater is off,the packing nut seals. ...also possible that you have excessive condensation from the bottom of the tank due to heavy hot water usage,,or excessive condensation from a cold water pipe if the water heater sits in a warm,esp humid area...have you watched it form the puddle after the hot water usage??,,if you did,you probably could determine where its coming from,,,the condensation issues are no big deal,,,the packing nut on the shutoff valve can be tightened with a wrench....any relief valve problems will require a plumber. .....dan.
2021 Cost to Repair a Solar Water Heater | Solar Water Heater Maintenance
2021 Cost to Repair a Solar Water Heater | Solar Water Heater MaintenanceThe national average cost for repairing solar water heaters is between $150 and $750 , with most homeowners paying about $400 for replacing a damaged or broken coil. This project's low cost is $50 for repairing a leaky pressure valve. The high cost for this project is $2,000 for replacing a large water tank. Maintaining and repairing a solar water heater is important to guarantee an uninterrupted hot water supply for you and your family. Regularly scheduled maintenance usually includes lubrication of parts, replacement of antifreeze and corroded parts, cleaning of solar collectors for maximum efficiency, and repair of blemished or bent connectors. Regular maintenance is a way to extend the life of your solar water heater, but issues can still arise and need to be repaired by a qualified technician. Various parts make up the overall system of a solar water heater, and damage can occur to all these parts. The cost of your solar heater repairs largely depends on the affected parts. The table below shows the main repair types you might need, along with average repair costs for each one. Solar water heater insulation repairs average $100 to $500. Insulation is necessary to maintain the water temperature and improve efficiency. Fiberglass 1 blankets and other forms of insulation can be placed around the tank and hot water feed pipe. Repairs to the collector of your solar water heater cost between $100 and $800. The collector is the part of the system responsible for collecting solar energy, so this is where the solar panels and tubes are. Collector panels and other components can get damaged, which may interfere with the water flow and system efficiency. For example, dirty panels may need to be cleaned, or resin applied to patch any cracks or superficial damage. Repairs to the water tank of solar systems range from $400 to $1,000. The water heater tank is responsible for storing the heated water, ready for use in the home. Tanks are made from sturdy materials and last many years, but they can get dented, cracked, or damaged in other ways, requiring patching and fixing by professional technicians. Solar water heaters contain a wide range of parts, from thermostats 2 and valves to the water tank. Problems can arise with all these parts, and each one may need to be replaced if the damage is too great. The table below shows common solar water heater parts, along with the average costs for replacement: Thermostat replacements for a solar water heater cost between $100 and $250. The thermostat is a vital component because it monitors and controls the temperature of the water and keeps the system running smoothly. Replacement thermostats are relatively easy to install, and the process can be done in less than an hour. Replacing a pressure relief valve in a solar water heater averages $100 to $250. This valve is essential for controlling the pressure in the water tank as the water inside heats up or cools down. It works to prevent leaks and tank ruptures, and it is relatively cheap and easy to replace. A professional first drains the pressure of the tank before removing the old valve. Then they screw in the new valve and tighten it before reconnecting everything and checking that it works. Solar water heater tube replacements range from $250 to $600. These tubes, sometimes known as evacuated tubes, are a key part of the solar collector system. A collector can still function with a couple of broken tubes, but it will be less efficient. If you want the best results from your collector, remove and replace any cracked or broken tubes with fresh ones. Costs vary depending on how many tubes need replacing. Solar panel replacement for a solar water heater costs between $300 and $500. Panels are a key part of the collector system for your solar water heater, helping gather solar energy from the sun, which is used to heat your water. Since they are exposed to storms, the elements, and open air, they can become damaged over time. Solar panel glass replacement ranges from $300 to $500. Usually when the glass in a solar panel breaks or cracks, the panel continues to function, but it will not be as effective. Professionals cannot replace the individual parts of the glass directly because of how these panels are constructed, but a new glass panel can be purchased and installed to replace the damaged one. Replacing the coil in your solar water heater averages $350 to $750. The coil, or heat exchanger, is what helps heat the water, taking heat energy into the tank and allowing the system to function as intended. A broken coil can lead to your home having no hot water, so this part needs to be replaced quickly once any issues are detected. Replacing the solar water heater pump 3 costs between $500 and $800. The pump is one of the most important parts of your solar water heater system because it circulates the water through the collectors and into the home. When the pump fails, the entire system essentially becomes ineffective, so broken pumps should be replaced as soon as possible. Solar hot water tank replacement ranges from $750 to $2,000. The tank is one of the biggest and most expensive parts of any solar water heater system. So clean and repair it whenever possible because full replacements can be very expensive. If the tank is damaged beyond repair and causing leaks, a replacement will be necessary. A wide range of problems affect solar water heaters, from mineral buildups to leaky valves. These problems affect different parts and have varying causes, which require specific steps of diagnosis and repair. The table below shows common problems you may encounter with a solar water heater and the costs to fix each one. Fixing a leaky pressure relief valve costs between $50 and $250. Sometimes, leaky valves simply need tightening or resealing, which is inexpensive and can be done in a matter of minutes. Other times, they may need to be replaced, leading to a higher repair cost because you have to factor in the price of the new valve and the extra labor required to remove the old one. Fixing a solar water heater that is leaking on the roof ranges from $50 to $500. This is a common problem with heaters and is usually caused by a damaged or broken pressure relief valve. Have the valve repaired or replaced to fix this issue. It could also be caused by pipe leaks within the solar panels, which can be more costly to repair. Fixing faulty sensor 4 wires averages $100 to $200. Sensor wires could be reversed, connections loose, or controllers faulty. To fix this, the technician tightens all loose connections, cleans and seals exposed areas, and connects the sensor wires properly. Removing mineral buildup in your solar water heater tank costs between $100 and $250. Minerals from hard water 5 can form scale and blockages in the system, which have to be flushed out. A technician inspects your system, replaces any corroded piping, ensures that the isolation valves are open, and flushes the buildup of minerals to remove the blockage. Fixing loose panels for a solar water heater ranges from $100 to $250. If your solar panels have not been installed properly, they could come loose. Regular inspection and maintenance of solar panels are important to ensure there is no damage. Refitting loose panels should never be attempted by inexperienced homeowners because there is an increased possibility of damaging the panels beyond repair. To keep the solar water panels firmly in place, a qualified technician will check them to ensure that these elements do not loosen to the point of malfunction. The technician will also tighten or refasten the screw fixings and install additional ones when necessary. If the panels are loose because of corroded fixings, the professional replaces these with new ones. Dealing with scaling in your water heater system costs between $100 and $250. Scaling occurs when a mineral film, which is formed of mineral salts from calcium, magnesium, silica, aluminum, or iron, coats the entire surface of a heat exchanger. These salts are the impurities that reach the deposit site in a soluble state. They precipitate out of the water directly on surfaces that transfer heat or by suspended deposits in the water precipitating on the metal and becoming hard and adherent. To deal with this, the system will usually need to be flushed. Fixing a solar water heater that is making banging sounds averages $100 to $800. There are many potential causes of this issue, and a banging noise is not a good sign regarding your heater's health. It may indicate a problem with the sensors, pump, valve, or temperature controller. If it is a simple valve issue, the repair costs should be minimal, but prices can rise for more severe system damage. Fixing panels with the wrong orientation ranges from $150 to $500. Panels need to be oriented and angled correctly to get the most light and be as efficient as possible. But some panels can be improperly installed in a way that puts them in the shade for large parts of the day. The technician will check if the solar panels are properly oriented and remove or trim any vegetation obstructing the system's sun exposure. Repairing freeze damage to your system costs between $150 and $500. The greatest risk to a solar water heating system, which uses liquids like water as heat transfer fluids, is freezing. Freezing occurs when the temperatures fall below 32º Fahrenheit. The water collector supply and return pipes are more vulnerable to freezing, especially if they run through an unheated space or outside. Freezing causes the pipes to expand and burst and could damage the water heater. Pipes that have been damaged due to freezing usually need replacing. Fixing a water heater that is losing heat ranges from $250 to $600. This issue might be caused by a lack of insulation around the tank or pipes. To fix it, solar professionals might use insulation blankets. They will also insulate the pipes and seal the tank, joints, and pipes. Making improvements to a water heater that is not working at full capacity averages $250 to $850. Solar panels must work at 80% capacity or greater for water to be heated to the maximum temperature. If the capacity of the solar panels drops below that threshold, replacements or repairs are needed. Low-efficient solar water heaters increase energy bills, whereas highly efficient water heaters minimize the energy bills by almost 20% and warm your water faster. Solar water heater professionals will inject foam insulation between the water collector and its outer membrane for increased heat retention. Other components that a technician may recommend replacing are glass liners for making water tanks less prone to corrosion. For increasing efficiency, a new conventional storage unit may also be recommended. Professional solar water heater maintenance costs between $100 and $250 per checkup. Technicians who are experienced in working with solar water heaters visit your property, inspect the system, carry out various diagnostic checks to ensure that everything is working, check the valves, tighten any loose fittings, look for any signs of wear and tear, clean the panels, and flush the system of minerals if needed. These checks and maintenance visits are a useful way to keep your water heater in good working order. Have an annual inspection to extend the life of your water heater.
How to Adjust Temperature on Electric Water Heater?
Ruudglas Pacemaker Electric Water Heater1. Water heater leaking, what is the best home repair?If the leak is from the heater and not just one of the pipes there is no way to repair it. You just replace it with a new one2. Water Heater and the Landlord - Las Vegas, NV?Yes, your landlord needs to pay the entire bill; a house is not habitable without hot water, and every bit of the bill was necessary. Unfortunately, if you withold the $375, you can be evicted. You cannot withold rent without a court order or your landlord's explicit permission. You will need to sue your landlord for the portion. When you win, he will also have to reimburse your court/legal fees. If he wrongfully witholds $375 of your deposit in order to make up for the difference, you will again have to sue him in small claims.3. What would cause a water heater to increase in temp?Either somebody changed the thermostat, or the thermostat needs replacing4. Replacing a hot water heater: tank or tankless?Without natural gas or propane, your only source of heat is electricity. Electric tankless water heaters would probably require a new circuit to be run. This requires #6 wire. If your incoming temp is 40F and desired out temp is 110F, you need 70F of temp rise and the RTE13 will provide 1.27 GPM.Many people think they want tankless because the mfg tell them tankless is more efficient. There is some truth to this for gas fired water heaters but in the case of electric water heaters, the difference in efficiency is very small.5. Why is my water heater not working right?your bottom element is bad it will heat water until t-stat calls for bottom element then it shorts to ground also need to look at size of wire needs to be # 10on a 30 amp breaker if your handy turn water inlet off and power get your new element before you start i take out old element and put in new one without draining you got to be quick and it cant be open anywere6. What is the right gauge wire for the incoming DSL phone line to my router?Either get better quality/correct (stranded vs solid, eg) terminations or work some "high voltage grease" (silicone grease in a small tube, available from an auto parts place) into the connection -- probably coat the wire and inside of the connector heavily with it before termination if using crimp-ons.And check your furnace, water heater, and other "combustion appliances" -- a likely cause of this problem is fumes in the house. (Another likely cause is Chinese drywall. ).7. which is more efficient for water heater, the propane or electrical?taking into consideration the distribution losses and thermal efficiency of the electricity generating station I would say propane at 80 % would be better. Note waste co2 rich exhaust could also be used tn northern latitudes to heat a greenhouse in winter.8. Where is the thermostate for my hot water heater?you have to remove the foam and the stat is under that9. Tankless water heater not functioning properly! HELP?it is complicated to assert what you will easily save on the utilities, yet you will possibly save something. you will additionally save some area. you will by no ability run out of warm water. and that they final longer than a tank water heater. $900 is absolutely the maximum inexpensive cost for an put in tankless i've got ever heard - it is fairly below the cost of a good unit via itself. be conscious that the extra beneficial gadgets are from Noritz, Takagi, or Rinnai10. Home hot water heater losing heat?It could be hard water deposits or rust in the tank. The tank might need serviced or drained and refilled11. why is the alarm on the water heater going off?This Site Might Help You. RE: why is the alarm on the water heater going off?12. Hot Water Heater Pressure Release Valve Leaking?You might want to check the water pressure in your home. If it is too high, when the water is heated it expands and may exceed the pressure setting of the TP valve. You may need to lower the incoming pressure or install an expansion tank. Good Luck.
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