Help with Water Heater Connected to A/C.?

Hi There, The first thing I would do is check the temperature of the cold water going to the A/C and compare it with the temperature coming from the A/C unit. That is know as the "delta T" and if you know the flowrate you can calculate how much energy is being put into the water. Probably it will not be more than 2-3 degrees difference and will not help with the hot water. However this would do a lot of good for the A/C unit's efficiency. The main problem is that the return line has been plumbed into the wrong side of the water heater. The return should be plumbed back to the inlet side. Personally I would re-plumb the piping to the proper side and enjoy the energy savings for the A/C unit and water heater. Wish I had this system for my home. Hope this helps, Al

1. Does anyone else hate their tankless water heater?

There are two issues here. The first is the distance the heated water has to travel before reaching your bathroom. This would account for the initial wait for hot water. The second is whether the installers connected the unit to the proper sized gas supply. If it is undersized, it will never work properly. The other thing is whether the unit is the proper size to begin with. You really need someone who knows about these to check the unit out to determine what the problem is, as what you are experiencing should not be.

2. Will the warranty cover for the repair of my water heater?

CALL A COMPANY THAT DEALS WITH WHIRLPOOL ASK THEM IF THE PARTS IS STILL UNDER ANY WARRANTY THEY CAN TELL WITH THE SERIAL NUMBER ON UNIT. YOU CAN ALSO VERIFY IF YOU CALL WHIRLPOOL. LABOR AND SHIPPING COST NOT LIKELY COVERED

3. What is this "RARE" Home Water Heater System called?

You may have tried this already, But, You need to find the data plate on the unit. It should have the make and model as well as the size and BTU. Then you can make a reasonable search for a replacement.

4. Is my hot water heater going bad?

sounds like a sticking thermostat. The thermostat is part of the gas valve itself so the whole gas valve assymbly will need to be replaced

5. How does a water heater flue work?

That thing that you call the cap is probably just decorative and is open on the top just like the rest of the flue. There is nothing to stop rain from going right down the flueNo. If he had, your furnace wo not work or you would have been ill or killed by the fumes. You probably need to clean your chimney. Creosote, if that is what it is, is flammable and a fire hazard which can result in a chimney fire

6. how do I choose a proper water heater?

FAMILY OF 4---------- 50 GALLON GAS if you have it available! RHEEM or GE

7. How Much Does it Cost to Install a Water Heater in Colorado?

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Water Heater in Colorado? Great question. The answer will vary from contractor to contractor but for the most part, you should see a price that falls within the two ranges below. The cost to install a water heater in Colorado ranges from: Keep in mind though, that there are other factors (beyond tank vs tankless) that dictate how much you will pay for a water heater. In fact, your water heater installation price also depends on: None The size/capacity of the system None The efficiency of the system None The fuel type the water heater uses To help you budget for your project, we will explain how each of the above factors affect the price of a water heater installation. Want a down-to-the-penny price estimate for your water heater installation? If you live in the Colorado area, just call the Cooper Green Team. We will come out to inspect your current system and chat with you about your hot water needs. Then we will provide you with exact price estimates for various water heater systems that fit your needs and budget. Cost factor #1: The size of the system The "larger" your water heater system, the more it typically costs. However, the size you need is the size you should purchase. Going with a smaller system than you truly need to save some money will only result in higher energy bills and not getting hot water when you need it most. Measuring the "size" of a water heater looks different for tank and tankless systems, though. When measuring a tank water heater, you will want to look at a few different factors: The tank's capacity The tank's "size" is measured in the max amount of gallons of hot water the tank can hold. For example, an 80-gallon tank system can hold 80 gallons of hot water when it is completely full. The recovery rate. The recovery rate is the amount of hot water a tank system can provide one hour after being completely drained. Most manufacturers will standardize this number by assuming that the incoming water would need to be heated up by 90F before it's ready for use. The first hour rating. This is probably the most useful number to look at because it tells you how many gallons of hot water you can get from your tank if you use it continuously for one hour. The first hour rating is typically a little more than the tank's capacity (as the tank will continue to refill itself and heat up water as hot water leaves the tank). The size of a tankless water heater is dictated by the: Temperature rise you need . This is the amount of degrees you will need your water to be heated before it's ready to be delivered to you. This number will be different for every homeowner as it depends on the temperature of your incoming water (in Colorado this can range from 41F to 68F) as well as your desired hot water temperature (this typically ranges from 100 to 125F). The system's flow rate. This is the number of gallons of heated water that the unit can produce per minute (gpm). The higher the flow rate, the more expensive the tankless unit is. The flow rate you need all depends on the number of your water appliances you typically use at the same time. For example, if you typically like to run the dishwasher, take a shower and run the kitchen sink all at the same time, you would need a tankless system with a high flow rate. Not sure what size tank or tankless system you might need? Do not worry, it confuses most people. Cost factor #2: The efficiency of the system The more efficient the water heater, the more it will cost. That said, high-efficiency systems typically save you money on monthly energy bills. And, over the lifetime of the unit, these savings typically more than pay back the higher upfront cost of the system. A water heater's efficiency is measured by its UEF rating (Uniform Energy Factor). The higher the UEF rating, the more efficient the system. UEF ratings for water heaters range anywhere from 0.64 to 2.00. So what is a "good" UEF? Well it all depends on: None The kind of water heater you are looking at (tank vs tankless) None The capacity of the water heater The bottom line? Comparing one water heater's UEF to another is not always an "apples to apples" comparison. We suggest getting a professional's opinion on the UEF rating that fits your water heater needs and budget. Regardless of the system type (tank vs tankless), gas water heaters are more expensive to install than electric water heaters. That's because gas systems require extra venting and gas pipes, which can increase the cost of labor and materials. But keep in mind that gas water heaters cost less to operate on a monthly basis. That said, many Colorado homeowners opt for a gas-fired water heater over an electric water heater. Note: Some Colorado homeowners wo not necessarily have a choice for their fuel type. For example, if you do not have access to natural gas, you will likely just install an electric water heater. More experienced plumbers often charge more, but they usually offer higher quality installations-which saves you money in the long run. For example, lower quality contractors may charge less for a water heater installation, but that lower price tag often comes with less experience and know-how. Plus, a lot of contractors offer lower prices but then rush and have to cut corners in order to make a profit. And a rushed job can lead to expensive repeat work, higher monthly energy bills and more frequent repairs. At Cooper, our customers find that they save more money in the long run by choosing us. That's because our experience, training and know-how means they get an installation that's done right the first time around. Plus, we offer the most high-efficiency water heaters available, which saves our customers money over the lifetime of the system. If you are looking for a high-quality plumber to install your water heater, make sure that they: None Are licensed and insured in the state of Colorado to install water heaters None Are experienced in installations for your specific type of water heater (tank, tankless, etc) None Have good reviews on sites like Want an estimate for your water heater installation? Call Cooper The Cooper Green Team has over 42 years of experience matching Colorado homeowners with high-efficiency water heaters that save them money over the lifetime of the system. When you call us, we will schedule a time to inspect your current water heater system and talk with you about your water heater needs. Then, we will give you upfront price estimates (in writing) for various water heater systems that match your needs and budget.

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