Model #7613 SAMPO Direct View\Digital 27" to 40" TV

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Gas hot water heater temperature excessively variable

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Dezeray S -
July 16, 2013
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I know that it can be very frustrating to have issues with your water heater. The information that Scott D provided in the first post is correct. This problem is most likely due to the thermostat. However, if you do have sediment in the tank it can effect the way it heats. The sediment at the bottom of the tank will not act like glue. This is wet debris so it can't stick to the tank. If you have not cleaned out the unit, then it would be a very good idea to do so. Just follow these directions to remove the sediment.

  1. Turn the gas and electric off to the water heater. Leave the cold water supply valve on to the heater. Hook a hose up to the boiler drain on the water heater and turn the valve on. Turn the handle back and forth; there will be grit in the valve assembly and you need to establish good flow before shutting the cold water inlet valve off to the heater.
  2. Once established, shut the cold water inlet valve off. THEN, go around and open all hot side ONLY valves in your home so you can break vacuum and allow the hot water to drain from the tank. That boiler drain off the tank is the lowest point of your potable water system so you need to allow it to drain completely out.
  3. 10-25 minutes is the norm for proper draining; you should be able to "shake" the tank to determine it is completely empty. Just because it stops draining does not mean it is empty most times.....usually dirt/debris blocked the pathway to the hose.
  4. Once you are completely sure that the tank is drained, go ahead and turn the cold water inlet valve back on and let the tank drain a bit, then shut it off. "Stomping" on that hose while there is established flow coming out of the hose will purge the tank by a rush of water hitting the bottom and scurrying up the debris to go out of the tank.
  5. Once you've shut the boiler drain to the tank off, LEAVE THE HOT SIDE VALVES OPEN THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS. So many people think you turn those hot side valves off before filling the tank and that is completely wrong. Air is compressible, water is not. You compress air in your lines you'll end up blowing out faucet aerators next time you go to use the fixtures.
  6. Leave all hot side faucets run until there is a steady flow from all of the faucets without distortion. Once the water is steadily flowing without air, shut the faucets off, turn the electric or gas water heater back on.

Once most of the sediment is out, then see if the temperature beings to vary. If not, then it will be fine. If it does, then replace the thermostat. I hope this helps. If you need further assistance, please reply to this thread. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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AnneJ -
Sears Technician
July 16, 2013
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Thanks for the info. Just a few questions on the draining procedure: 1) Is there electric connected to a gas water heater? 2) You say to open all hot side only valves. I have a single handle faucet in the kitchen. I assume I should turn it to the hottest position and open it. Is that correct? 3) Will "shaking" the tank loosen any gas or plumbing connections? 4) If I determine the tank is not completely empty, I assume I would use the "stomping" technique to try to get it completely drained. Is that correct? 5) When do you turn the cold water inlet valve back on?

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Anonymous -
July 17, 2013
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Due to the age and the brand of the water heater, no this should not have electricity connected to it. It should have a pilot light for the gas burner. Newers models have an electrical ignitor. When you open the hot water valves, I do mean the hot water faucets. You will need to open all of them. Shaking the tank will not loosen any of the gas lines, unless they are not fully connect. Because you have not had a gas leak up to the point, tells me that they are okay. You will only use the stomping technique if the tank is not completely empty. If it is then you won't use this. As for the cold water valve, step 4 is when you will turn it back on. Please let me know if there is anything else you need. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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AnneJ -
Sears Technician
July 17, 2013
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