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Old 06-06-2010, 02:59 PM   #1
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How does hot water tank fill up??

I've tried to find a thread and I had a bookmark for water system info, but it's no longer viable...... Explain to me again how the hot water tank fills up so you know you're not going to burn the element?? We are hooked up to house water checking everything. The water is running well from the hot water faucet, but how does the tank get filled for a shower?? Does the house water auto fill the hot water tank?
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I've tried to find a thread and I had a bookmark for water system info, but it's no longer viable...... Explain to me again how the hot water tank fills up so you know you're not going to burn the element?? We are hooked up to house water checking everything. The water is running well from the hot water faucet, but how does the tank get filled for a shower?? Does the house water auto fill the hot water tank?

Hi Nancy,

When you either hook up to an outside water source, or use the pump and on-board water, your water heater will automatically fill. Just make sure you close the bypass valve and divert the water to the tank.

It may be un-necessary, but anytime we hook to a water source, I bleed any air that may be in the water heater tank. I do this, by opening the hot water valve at the kitchen sink. I let water run, until I'm satisfied that there is no air in the tank.

Hope this helps...

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It will automatically fill as Gary said but how do you know it actually filled?
Water will come out of the hot water faucet even if the by-pass valve is in the by-pass position. I mark the positions of each valve alongside the valve on the floor or wall with a marker pen. This includes the by pass valve.

After I fill the water system for the first time in the spring, I always pull the pressure relief valve on the water heater just a little and watch for water to come out. That leaves no question. The by-pass is allowing water to enter and the water will always fill the tank until you switch the valve in the fall and drain the tank.
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It will automatically fill as Gary said but how do you know it actually filled?
Water will come out of the hot water faucet even if the by-pass valve is in the by-pass position. I mark the positions of each valve alongside the valve on the floor or wall with a marker pen. This includes the by pass valve.
When I installed our bypass, I noted that the valve handle points towards the bypass pipe when bypassed and toward the WH when it's closed. Others may be different.

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After I fill the water system for the first time in the spring, I always pull the pressure relief valve on the water heater just a little and watch for water to come out. That leaves no question. The by-pass is allowing water to enter and the water will always fill the tank until you switch the valve in the fall and drain the tank.
I put Kitty's WH drain mod on this WH, when I installed it. The fact that it is leaking, is how I knew for sure that the WH was full of water... Guess I should get around to fixing it!
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