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Old 03-10-2011, 09:49 AM  
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Question for plumbers/contractors about an install

I had our leaking 50 gallon water heater replaced by two 40 gallon heaters. Judging by these two pictures, is this installation acceptable?

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Old 03-10-2011, 09:50 AM   #2
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:50 AM   #3
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:52 AM   #4
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While we're waiting, I have a question. Why did you replace a 50 gal with two 40 gals? Why not just replace it with another 50 gal? Were you needing more hot water capacity? If so, are you Catholic and have like 16 kids? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:53 AM   #5
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How big is your house? 2 40 gal.? Why not just install a tankless system?
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:53 AM   #6
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WTH is that small hanging tank?
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #7
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I'm no expert on this stuff by any means, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. It appears that you have one hot water heater that heats it and then sends it over to the other hot water heater. Then I assume it goes up into your faucets and shower. I have never seen that kind of setup but I don't know that there's anything wrong with it. Still not understanding why you need two 40 gal heaters.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #8
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WTH is that small hanging tank?
expansion tank....keeps air out of the pipes.


The piping is kind of a cluster****, if that's what you're asking.
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WTH is that small hanging tank?
Good question. My GFs house has a boiler system and she has a hanging tank like that, but not near the water heater.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #10
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We have a gigantic soaker tub (that I wish we didn't have) that we couldn't use because you couldn't fill it with hot water. I'd have just turned the heat up on the tank but I have two young kids.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:57 AM   #11
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WTH is that small hanging tank?
Looks like an expansion tank. It seems a little odd that it isn't supported, though. Then again, I'm not a plumber.
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We have a gigantic soaker tub (that I wish we didn't have) that we couldn't use because you couldn't fill it with hot water. I'd have just turned the heat up on the tank but I have two young kids.
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am I seeing it correctly, the hot water line from tank A goes to the cold water side of tank B?

And did they really do compression fittings to switch from copper to PVC?
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:58 AM   #14
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How big is your house? 2 40 gal.? Why not just install a tankless system?
I have really hard water and didn't want to have to do the drain and flush all the time.
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