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Hot water tank runs empty too often. Any ideas? (PIC inside)

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by New2DIYing, 11 Apr 2015.

  1. New2DIYing

    New2DIYing

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    Hi guys

    I have been living in my current house for a bit over 3 years now. The wife and I have both been working during this time and very occasionally had an issue where our hot water would run out (not run cold but just no water would come out the hot water tap).

    However my wife is no longer working and the strain of someone being at home all week is resulting in the hot water finishing on an almost daily basis. Again when it finishes the hot water taps stop producing water its not that the water is cold.

    My guess is that my hot water tank may be either too small or not functioning properly.

    I went up in the loft today and took some pictures:

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    My understanding is the black tanks are for the central heating and the greenish colour tank is for the taps.

    Can anyone see an issue from these pictures?

    My thought is to replace the hot water tank with a new bigger tank?

    Thanks guys.
     
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    One large loft tank to feed the copper cylinder, and one small tank to serve the central heating system.....
    Its the larger tank you need to attend to - either its too small or its filling mechanism needs attention.
    John :)
     
  4. JohnD

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    or maybe there is a drowned mouse blocking the exit pipe...
     
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    Picture 1. Your big tank is wrapped in a black polythene insulation jacket and tied with yellow string.

    Check this is refilling when your taps are running. It sounds like the ball valve mechanism may not be working properly.
     
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    You need to measure the filling rate of the large tank.

    I am assuming that the black tank empties because it is filling at a slower rate than its being emptied.

    You should also check the flow rate of each hot tap and also consider how you could can use less hot water volume.

    Tony
     
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    OR just change the float valve in the larger tank ( I never was good @ calcs.)
     
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    It is also possible that your cold mains supply pressure has reduced possibly due to a burst mains. Does your kitchen cold tap run with a good flow, especially when you run out of hot water.
     
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    Turn the cylinder stat to 60 degrees and fit a new float valve.

    Andy
     
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