feed line is getting warm


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Old 01-11-06, 07:18 AM
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feed line is getting warm

I have a 40 gal gas water heater the previous owner put in about 5 years ago (five year warranty was up this past summer). One of the things I noticed is the copper feed pipe is pretty warm all the way (about 10' of pipe) back to the main and that is warm for a couple of feet in each direction. Is this normal or something I should/can do something about?

The thermostat on the tank is variable but marked at 'Low', 'A', 'B', 'C', and 'Highest'. I have it set just past the 'A', based on getting a comfortable amount of hot water, so I don't think it is set too high.
 
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Hello: wgc

Most likely and more often than not, simply heat transfering back from hot water in tank to inlet water when long duration times between usages. Unless the toilet tanks inlet water is not cold.

To determine, flush toilet and note incoming water temp. Cold? Or cool??? Ambient temp? All is okay. Warm, not so. Problem exists.

Repeat test at faucets and washer. Use only cold water settings at faucets, showers and washer. Warm water where cold is supposed to be????... problem exists....

Seek professional plumbers help. May be a backfeed or crossed water line.

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Old 01-11-06, 07:50 PM
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no problem

All the cold water is running icy cold (at this time of year), so it sounds like I do not need to worry about this particular problem. Thank you for the advice.
 
 

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