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  • #16
    Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

    Get a couple of flexi water heater supplies and be done with it. It won't be the best looking thing in the world but it will work fine.
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    • #17
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      Electrician grounded to basically all the pipes in the house. cold hot and gas.

      As far as propress.. its great, but I like sweating fittings on. I hardly ever get to do em so I dont mind the extra time.

      So whats the vote. Swap the dip tube or reroute the lines?

      Is it totally hillbilly to route all the way around? I guess I could turn the tank as much as practical.

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      • #18
        Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

        Originally posted by Josh View Post
        Electrician grounded to basically all the pipes in the house. cold hot and gas.

        As far as propress.. its great, but I like sweating fittings on. I hardly ever get to do em so I dont mind the extra time.

        So whats the vote. Swap the dip tube or reroute the lines?

        Is it totally hillbilly to route all the way around? I guess I could turn the tank as much as practical.
        Look who's getting an early start on his saturday to-do list.

        re-route horizontals

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        • #19
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          Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
          Look who's getting an early start on his saturday to-do list.

          re-route horizontals
          I agree re-route the pipes, you are not trying to win a beauty contest.
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          • #20
            Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

            Originally posted by Josh View Post
            ... Is it ok to plumb it reversed? Josh
            I'm not a plumber.
            The dip tube, I recall, directs incoming cool water against the temperature control valve "probe", so the burner will come on sooner when drawing hot water.
            (For example, if you are taking a shower you want to get the burner on sooner to get more hot water made.)

            The manufacturer has engineered the IDEAL arrangement for both efficiency and performance.
            Defeating their design will degradefficiency and performance.
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            • #21
              Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

              Nah, it just directs the incoming to the bottom of the tank
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              • #22
                Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

                lots of commercial heaters have side inlets and outlets. nice when you're connecting multiple units together. cold is at the lower side and hot is at the upper side connection. no dip tubes.

                rick.
                phoebe it is

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                • #23
                  Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

                  Shorter diptubes help prevent thermal stacking. Typical tank type water heaters are not precise pieces of equipment. So smart

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                  • #24
                    Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

                    So here's the fix. Not pretty but I do have hot water again and didnt have to face the hot water heater at the chimney. Hope this doesnt end up on a hack thread

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                    • #25
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                      Nothing wrong with that Josh. doesn't even look that bad
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                      • #26
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                        Oh my, the hot water flex is 1/32 of an inch out of plumb coming out of the tank--it will make the hack list, for sure!

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                        • #27
                          Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

                          When swapping the dip tube does the color coded (red/blue) plastic stay attached to the nipple or the tank?

                          I guess what I'm asking is, is it possible the dip tube was swapped during the original install?
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                          • #28
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                            There...Done...Whammo Bammo !!! See ya' ..On to the next
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                            • #29
                              Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

                              It looks kinda bad. I bet it will leak at the connections to the tank nipples in a short while. Keep an eye on it. Vent wouldn't pass here either unless that chimney is lined.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Plumbing a Hot Water Heater Backward?

                                Probably a furnace on that chimney too.So the venting should't be an issue ..Looks like 4" flue pipe also..
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