06:09AM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 03/10/07
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I have a suite that contains a whirlpool tub, two sinks and a shower. These items are supposedly on the same water tank (so says the plumber and previous owner)--I have two hot water tanks as this is a bed and breakfast. I have been having intermittent problems where the tub has no hot water (water is coming out fine, just not hot) but the shower and sinks are normal hot temperature. The problem is not consistent on a daily basis nor does it happen during any particular time during the day or evening. Guests have indicated that they are not taking showers prior to using the tub, nor has it been a case of trying to re-use the tub without sufficient time to reheat the water in the tank. The issue has just come up in the last 4-5 weeks.

The faucet on the tub is probably 10 years old and about 4 months ago I had restricted/low hot water flow, but the plumber came out and made some adjustment in the faucet to correct the problem.

Of course, today's scenario could not be repeated with Mr. plumber when it first occurred.

Thanks for any insight you can provide---before I call him and he thinks I'm just another crazy innkeeper.



06:46AM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
It is a shame you did not mention what part of the country /world you live in.

Here in the NYC we had record breaking cold spells (so much for moron Gore his rantings about and global warming as he is the worst offender on wasting energy)

Because of the recent cold snap the incoming water is much cooler then normally and it takes a lot longer for a heater to raise the water to the desired temperature your looking for.

If the h/w supply piping is not insulated this could also cool the water in the pipes as the ambient temperature is cooled.

I hope the installer did install a return circulation line

Also when was the last time this tank was serviced like opening the hose bib at the bottom to bleed out sediment robbing you of heat and having the T&P checked for safe operation?


07:05AM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 03/10/07
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I am in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We had a cold snap in Feb for about two weeks, but nothing that was record breaking. Yesterday, when the problem happened again, the temperature for the past four days had ranged from mid 40's to 70 degrees.

The hot water lines are insulated, don't know about the return and I know for sure the water tank hasn't been serviced in the last three years since I've been here.

I guess my confusion is this--how can there be hot water to the other three areas all of the time---and once in a while no hot water to the tub if they're on the same tank?


08:41AM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Since the shower (assumed off the same tank and supply line) does not have a problem it does not sound like a problem with the supply of hot water.

You did not indicate the brand or style of faucet (2 handle, single handle, pressure balances, thermostatic) but the likely problem is either a bad cartridge/seal set or something debre in the line.


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