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Old 03-27-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hot water heater not working properly

I just de-winterized my 2008 28' Safari SE. The hot water seemed to work fine for a while. Now when I open the faucet for hot water, very hot water comes out for about 30 seconds and then become barely lukewarm. The only switch I know of is in the bathroom and I do not see the red light come on when I toggle it. I'm certain the flame is coming on since the water is hot to start with. I checked the position of the valves and they seem to be OK.

As a follow-up question, assuming I get it working again: is there any way to adjust the water temperature.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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Sounds like it was on for a while, then quit. Hot water rises to the top so you got some, then when the fire went out the rest of the water was in varying degrees of hot.

If the heater has worked until now and you just de-winterized, clean everything around the pilot and burner assembly. Follow the owner's manual for cleaning spider webs out of the burner tube. If the pilot isn't staying lit then it may be a bad thermocouple.
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It is likely that you left the bypass valve, used for winterizing, open. Closing it should clear up the problem.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:05 AM   #4
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Be sure, sure, sure about the valve positions. I failed to close the cross-over valve one spring and my wife got in the shower. When that small bit of hot water stopped, you can bet I heard about it (and I think I was outside at the time) . . . eh?
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I understand the the valves should be aligned in the same direction as the water line they are on. Is that right? Should the bypass valve be in the same alignment?
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I understand the the valves should be aligned in the same direction as the water line they are on. Is that right? Should the bypass valve be in the same alignment?
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Thanks everyone! I did have the valve in the wrong position and now everything is working.
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