1978 Boler 1700 water lukewarm - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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1978 Boler 1700 water lukewarm

Haven't been around these parts for a while. I am itching to snowbird out of the north in February and remembered that we were having problems with water temperature in September before winter hit. Both in the shower and at the kitchen sink after the water heater pilot was lit and the thermostat set to high. The heater appeared to be operating correctly as it had before but after and hour or two of heating the water was only somewhat warm. Managed to take a shower in it but it was not the experience it was before and at the sink the water was not hot enough to shave.
There are no leaks in the heater, the pilot seems to operate properly. We could hear the burner cutting in and out. Has me puzzled where to start or what to look for. Help?
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With normal moderate temps you should have hot enough water for a shower in less than 15 minutes.

Did you check the volume of hot water flow alone, you may have a kinked or pinched hot water line somethere and there isn't enought hot water to overcome the cold.

And, by chance, is there a bypass on the water heater, if this is open the water won't be flowing through the water heater.

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Hi Bob, there is a bypass and I would think that if it was not closed, the water heater would not fill up. The lines themselves I will have to check out thoroughly by tracing them I guess.
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Depending on how your bypass is plumbed, if the valve(s) were partially open it could let cold water flow into the tank as well as bypass it and add cold water to the output side.
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