I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem I've been having. In March, I purchased an older home (built in the 40's). As a condition of purchase, I asked that the water heater be replaced, which was very old and completely shot. The former owners purchased a 50 gallon Kenmore PowerMiser. The water heater is gas.
From the day I moved in, I only got about 2-3 minutes (5 gallons) of hot water in all of my taps- bathroom, kitchen, washer, then the water turns warm. As the water heater was under warranty, I called up ***** to have them look at it. They replaced the thermostat twice- along with the thermal coupling and gas valve. After one replacement, I had plenty of hot water- but after a day, I had the same problem. After the second replacement, I just had the 2-3 minutes of hot water again. ***** recently replaced the water heater (same model), and *still* I have the problem.
Other information that might help is that the pipes are old, galvanized iron pipes, and I don't know when the last time the fixtures have been replaced, but it probably hasn't been for awhile. I also have the thermostat set to the highest temperature and the water initially comes out extremely hot.
Any advice anyone could provide on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
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