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Old 10-01-2007, 09:43 AM   #1
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Two questions on Kenmore new Water heater.


Just got a new Kenmore's 50 Gallon, natural gas water heater. I have two
questions before installation:

1. The nipples coming with it have heat trapping function, but one end of
each one (with two rubber baffles) has much smaller internal diameter.
It measures smaller than 1/2". The connecting pipe is 3/4". See photo:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c2...u/IMG_0578.jpg

Also, on the water heater cold inlet. the dip pipe seems to have the same
(<1/2") diameter.

My question is: will this reduce the hot water flow? I don't want shower
becomes cold when another faucet for hot water is turned on.

2. The TP valve opening is not pointing straight down. It has like 5 degree angle
passed the vertical line. Should I tighten it (need almost a circle) or loose it a
bit to make it point straight down? Or, should take it out and redo it?


Thanks,

SZ

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Two questions on Kenmore new Water heater.


If the narrowest point is half inch then it seems to me it will reduce the flow. Although I don't see how they could get away with making a product with essentially a half inch outlet?

As for the T&P valve, just loosen it a hair, they never come aligned.

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Two questions on Kenmore new Water heater.


I checked some other brand water heaters and it seems that the dip stick at
the cold inlet needs to be removable from the hole. Therefore, its O.D. needs
to be smaller than the I.D. of the tank inlet. Thus, the hole in the dip stick needs
to be very small, probably smaller than 1/2" for all such type of WH. I suppose it
is the way it works. The smaller hole in the nipple does not matter anymore.

Thanks for the suggestion of adjusting the T&P. I just want to make sure it won't
cause any leak by turning it with half-dried dope in there.

SZ



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If the narrowest point is half inch then it seems to me it will reduce the flow. Although I don't see how they could get away with making a product with essentially a half inch outlet?

As for the T&P valve, just loosen it a hair, they never come aligned.

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