Heat traps reducing water pressure?

The Tank Heat traps reducing water pressure?

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  • #5965
    Thegov3
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    Just replaced two tanks in series, went from older 40 and 50 gallon gas tanks to 65 and 75 gallon tanks. The new nipples on both tank’s hot and cold connections came with weird heat trap flappers. At least I think they are heat traps. The nipple has a small two-way flexible rubber piece on one end of each nipple’s orifice completely surrounded by hard blue plastic near the threads.

    After replacement, I noticed a distinct loss of water pressure. Not a lot of loss, but enough that it now feels like we have two showers on pressure wise. Could the heat traps on the nipples cause this reduction in pressure?

    #5967
    Larry Weingarten
    Participant

    Hello: The best answer to your question will come from getting a pressure gauge and putting it on each heater’s drain valve and checking to see where the pressure loss is. You ARE running water through four heat trap nipples now and that’s bound to have an effect, but without checking with a gauge, it’s pure guesswork. Gauges (0 – 160 or 200 psi) are about ten $ and more than worth it 😉

    Yours, Larry

    #5969
    Thegov3
    Participant

    Where do they sell pressure guages like that? Home depot?

    #5970
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    Any hardware store.

    Randy Schuyler

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