I recently replaced my 50 gallon gas hot water tank in my 1.000 square foot house, seemed like a straight forward project. Since I replaced the water heater I can’t seem to easily get hot water. To get warm water out of the laundry sink, which sits just to the left of the water heater in the garage, you have to leave the the hot water running full blast for about 15 minutes. It never gets hot enough to steam, just warm and if you turn down the volume of water coming out of the faucet the hot water turns ice cold. To make things even worse I can’t get any hot water to come out in the bathroom that is about 25 feet to the right of the water heater.
When you touch the copper pipe coming out of the tank is very hot to the touch, when you get in the crawl space and feel the pipes the one headed to the laundry sink is hot, however the one headed for the bathroom is ice cold. I’ve traced all the hot copper pipes and they don’t cross connect to the cold water anywhere. Water also flows uninhibited through the hot water pipes, it is just cold.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? Any suggestions?