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Tankless hydronic boiler provides hot water but not heat

I have a three zone tankless boiler set up at my recently purchased home. I have hot water but not heat. When a thermostat calls for heat the circulation

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What they don't tell you

Navien NPE has been installed for a couple weeks. It's OK, but water pressure drops some 20% due to that's how it works. Although they don't tell you that

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8 year longevity on 60 gallon 172ETE, rusted from the outside in

Replaced a 25-year old(!) Giant water heater with a standard model (142ETE, 152ETE, 172ETE series) in 2009. Recently noticed dried rust streaks coming

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Poor performance, poor service by Giant

We have a three year old Giant Water Heater since purchase had three repairs and replacement parts. Long story short Giant will not stand by their warranty,

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Exhaust Vent cover blows off

At times, only when turning on the shower the exhaust vent cover will blow off under extreme pressure (Both intake and exhaust vented to outside wall).

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No hot water in the recirc lines

We can tell if there is a problem with the anti backflow valve in our recirc line when we don't get hot water in a short time. The minerals in our water

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Who do I do about my Reliance electric water heater problem?

We purchased an 80 gallon Reliance electric water heater and it was installed on 3/25/2014. It has been providing my husband and I all the hot water we

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Home owner - Giant

Giant water heater is a giant piece of crap. Ours was installed in 2012 and worked great...for 2 months. The pilot light wouldn't stay lit. Since we have

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How to Select a Water Heater Expert | Questions to Ask

How to select a water heater expert for installation, service or troubleshooting, if the problem occurs on your tank-type or tankless heater.

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Dirty hot water

I have had my Rinnai on demand hot water system for about two years now. The other day a person was using the shower in one of my bathrooms and the water

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HTP - Worst Company and Even Worst Product

Hello I am a master plumber of over 30 years ,HTP water heaters are by far the worst product you could purchase. I have installed over a thousand water

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Be ware of over heating on Navien Combi units.

I am a licensed master plumber and have just finished the install of a Navien 240 NCB. This unit serves a residential home with hot water baseboard heat.

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brown water

Copper pipes thru home. Replaced gas water heater with new, Old one had some corrosion. Have a recirculating pump for instant hot water thru home. Still

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When We First Turn On Hot Water We Hear This Loud Noise Outside

We have an external Hot Noritz tankless water heater that was installed in May of 2008. In March 2016 we had to replace the ignition switch. Everything

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Navien CR-210

Install my Navien CR-210 98% condensing tankless water heater in 2010, its never failed. I do regret not getting the Navien CR-210A with the circulation

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I challenge whether tankless saves any energy whatsoever

I'm a fan of green, energy and water conservation. After owning a tankless for 8 or 9 years and comparing the energy and water consumption before and after

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Have been using tankless Rheem for two years, great!

I had a plumber from Craiglist to install my tankless Rheem, it turned out he had more education and pass level 4 (high rise qualification for a plumber)

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Rinnai R53 Code 10 Saga

Purchased our home last year. Rinnai is about 12 years old. Keeps having a Code 10. You can turn Unit off and back on and it will work. We have had service

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Displeased navien owner

Purchased Navien 8-26-15. Exactly one year later entire basement flooded due to a malfunction in unit. The guy that put it in, came back, Navien refused

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Complete Waste of Money

We purchased a Navien 240A recirculating propane heater. From day one, we have had nothing but problems. We waste more water waiting for hot water than

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Giant 50-gal power vented water heater

I got tired of renting water heaters and in my new home, I decided to buy one. The first one worked for 8 years and finally gave up working one night.

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New ProLine water heaters from the A. O. Smith

ProLine, with designation “commercial-grade residential”, is the name of the new series of water heaters, launched by A. O. Smith.Namely, well-known American manufacturer A. O. Smith has used its rich expertise to produce residential appliances equipped with superior features from commercial water heating product range. The original and innovative Blue Diamond glass tank lining, CoreGard stainless steel core anode rods, brass drain valves, stainless steel electric elements... are just a few of them. New components have increased reliability and efficiency, for positioning highly on the residential water heaters market.

ProLine water heaters come in three categories: ProLine, ProLine Master and ProLine XE. Customers may choose between hundreds of various types of models, but only from A. O. Smith professional contractors.

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After changing gas water heater drain valve, heater started to smoke.

I had a leaky drain valve on my gas water heater, and had to replace it. It was quite the ordeal, and at one point, after the tank was emptied and drain

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keeping pilot light lite during high winds

Every time we get moderate to strong winds our pilot light will go out. Our home was built in 1999 and during moderate to strong winds the pilot light

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The water temp fluctuates from warm too hot to warm too hot and water pressure varies during shower.It had been replaced once

I had a tankless heater installed last year after finding out the new tanks were too big for my crawl space. My house has 2 closets I was unwilling to

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