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Old 08-24-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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All the water in my condo is warm. It initially comes out cold, but quickly warms. This is happening in every sink, my washer (big problem washing dark clothes), shower, and even the toilet. I turned the power off to the water heater, ran a wash, waited a few hours, and discovered that I would get cold water. What could be causing this?

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Go back and add where you live for better ansewers.
If you live in the south it's because the water line are just below ground level, I'll bet it gets better in the winter.

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Water is cross feeding from the hot water pipes to the cold water pipes.

This might happen if you turn off the shower using the hand held sprayer while leaving the faucets in the on position.

This could happen if the washing machine inlet valves are defective and you don't turn off the washing machine shutoffs on the wall behind the machine when you are done washing clothes.
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Agreed. A valve that keep cold & hot water separate is defective: washing machine, shower/tub, sink,.....

What is the first spot in your home that receives hot water from your water heater?
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How's about a broken dip tube on the water heater?
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How's about a broken dip tube on the water heater?
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Nope.
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A broken dip tube simply messes up your stratification of hot water in your tank. You may get warm and not hot water after using a certain amount of hot water. The water heater only supplies your hot water pipes. Hot water won't show up on your cold pipes from the water heater. It can't be the cause.

Where does the hot water pipe go once you follow it from your water heater?
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Go back and add where you live for better ansewers.
If you live in the south it's because the water line are just below ground level, I'll bet it gets better in the winter.
That is happening here in So Mo....it's was 100+ for 6 weeks or so and cold water from the tap just wasn't available. It's finally coming around now that it's a bit cooler.

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