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Posted: 8/21/2005 9:11:22 AM EDT
Water heater in the house is supposed to be 3.5 years old. Just noticed that the cold water faucet is putting out warm water for several minutes. Checked the cold line to the heater, it feels slightly warm. Is this going to be a major deal, or am I going to have to replace the heater?

Thanks,

Michael
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:15:01 AM EDT





Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:16:08 AM EDT
It's summer time.

Sgat1r5
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:17:47 AM EDT
Whatever else this house is, it's pretty well insulated. I'm hoping that the weather is the only problem, but wanted to see if there were any other issues I should look at.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:21:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mrstang01:
Water heater in the house is supposed to be 3.5 years old. Just noticed that the cold water faucet is putting out warm water for several minutes. Checked the cold line to the heater, it feels slightly warm. Is this going to be a major deal, or am I going to have to replace the heater?

Thanks,

Michael



Around here, it would be abnormal to get cold water from either pipe.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:31:30 AM EDT
It's the weather.

Bob
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:32:09 AM EDT
could be backfeeding at the faucet (fixture),no big deal,you could put a spring check valve in to stop the problem,but it really is no big deal.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:35:53 AM EDT
The cold water pipe at the tank will always be warm, especially if it's metal. Heat does conduct back up the pipe a little ways. That's perfectly normal.

Where are your pipes? In a basement, a crawlspace, the attic, or in a slab foundation?
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:46:25 AM EDT
It's a split level, water heater is in lower level.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 9:50:19 AM EDT
+1 the other explanations. Weather heating of sitting water in Cold pipes, coupled with warmer initial temp. And a +1 on the supply connection at the heater. It's just conducted heat.


Do your pipes run through the attic, or under the house in a crawlspace? What about the main supply to the house - is the piping exposed to direct sunlight?
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 10:03:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pipefitter:
could be backfeeding at the faucet (fixture),no big deal,you could put a spring check valve in to stop the problem,but it really is no big deal.



+1. We have the same problem @ the townhouse. It's old and it has those faucets with 1 dial that you pull up and turn one way or the other to adjust temperature. The seals are worn causing flow between hot and cold. Water takes the path of least resistance, so some leaks both ways.
Link Posted: 8/21/2005 10:25:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By wildearp:

Around here, it would be abnormal to get cold water from either pipe.

Yup. Your options are: Warm, and HOT!
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