The Tank › Heat traps reducing water pressure?
- January 17, 2007 at 12:31 am #5965Thegov3Participant
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?January 17, 2007 at 1:38 am #5967Larry WeingartenParticipant
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, LarryJanuary 17, 2007 at 2:49 pm #5969Thegov3Participant
Where do they sell pressure guages like that? Home depot?January 17, 2007 at 5:19 pm #5970Randy SchuylerKeymaster
Any hardware store.
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