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Mar 01, 2014, 08:36 PM
roug
Gas Hot water tanks
I have 2 40 gal HWTs hooked up in series. can anyone tell me how that works? If the 2nd one quits working must all cold water be drawn to get to the hot in the 1st tank in line?
Mar 01, 2014, 08:51 PM
Sparky617
With two tanks in series, the tank closest to the taps needs to be working, the tank closest to the supply could be turned off. Is the tank closest to the taps is off you'll need to run out 40 gallons of cold water before you get anything resembling hot water.


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Mar 02, 2014, 08:01 PM
roug
Thnks so much Sparky617! The tank closest to the taps is inconsistent. Sometimes warm water - sometimes hot as thermostat is set at. I assume that is the thermostat??? & Can that be replaced on a gas heater?? it is a Envirotemp heater 12 yrs old.
Mar 02, 2014, 08:23 PM
Frodo
check elememts and t-stats...
with a meter. see if you getting power across them
Mar 03, 2014, 10:41 AM
Sparky617
quote:
Originally posted by Frodo:
check elememts and t-stats...
with a meter. see if you getting power across them


Frodo,
It is a gas water heater.

roug,
You're getting beyond my area of expertise. I'm not sure how to troubleshoot your issue and what if any user replaceable parts there are on a gas water heater. Have you tried searching on line for a manufacturers website with tips and troubleshooting?

What are your water uses in the house that you need to 40 gallon gas water heaters? With 2 adults and 2 teens in my house our 50 gallon has never had a problem keeping up even with a jetted tub. You might want to just bypass the suspected faulty one and shut it down.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Mar 04, 2014, 09:29 AM
Sparky617
Frodo,
For some reason your youtube links aren't links. I did go check out the link to the InspectAPedia page. Good information there. I can see the issues with parallel configuration if the piping isn't right. With series the first tank could be set at a lower temperature to take the ground chill off the water while the second tank, closest to the point of use, would be set to the temperature you want. If water demand is high the first tank could be set to a higher temperature so the second tank doesn't have to bring the temperature up much. When I was a kid we had a tempering tank in the basement before the electric water heater, it allowed the water to come up to room temperature before it hit the water heater. When my dad replaced the electric water heater with an oil fired one he took out the tempering tank.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.