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Author: bcrawley (GA)

I get lukewarm water throughout the house. I installed and shut off an outlet from the hot water heater,, turned on hot water taps and get a steady flow of cold water. Is there any way the hot and cold are mixing to cause the water to be lukewarm?

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 Re: hot water
Author: hj (AZ)

Yes, but it will take some detective work to find out where.

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 Re: hot water
Author: packy (MA)

OK, so put on your sherlock holmes hat and stand next to the water heater as someone is opening faucets. feel the hot pipe coming out of the heater to see if it is coming out hot. from there you need to see if it is hot does it get hot all the way to the faucet.
so this is a trial and error game that (for now) you don't need a plumber. it may take several on and off cycles with the pipes cooling down inbetween to be able to say "elementary my dear watson, i have figured it out".

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 Re: hot water
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

How old is your water heater? Gas, Electric, or Tankless?

Best Wishes

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 Re: hot water
Author: bcrawley (GA)

thank you I'll try that. Thought I was losing my mind,,, have been told this was impossible.

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 Re: hot water
Author: bcrawley (GA)

electric,, about 6 years old

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 Re: hot water
Author: hj (AZ)

IF they have cold water when the inlet supply to the heater is turned off, then it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the water heater. the problem is in the piping somewhere.

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