low hot water pressure in some taps


Postby Spanner » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:00 pm

Hi, my parents had a new hot water cylinder fitted a couple of years ago, they had a large cylinder before it was replaced for a smaller one as suggested by a plumber. This I presume is just the hot water supply as the house is heated with storage heaters. Since this was fitted the pressure in the hot taps is pathetic just a slow trickle. The bathroom and kitchen taps that are mixers is where the problem is, the downstairs WC is fine which has a seperate tap for hot and cold. They have since had the plumber back about a year ago who thought it could be an airlock but could not find anything(I think he was a friend of a friend). Please help as they have now been putting up with it for 2 years but are both too stubborn to sort it out. Is it a diy job or more one for the pro's.
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Postby htg engineer » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:59 pm

Check pipes to the taps, if flexible hoses have been used - replace with 15mm copper.
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Postby Spanner » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:09 pm

I have checked the pipes, the kitchen taps are already connected with copper pipes but the bathroom is connected with flexi hose.
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Postby Lawrence » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:59 am

it's possible that the mixer taps may be for high pressure systems. What head of water have you got above the hot water tank?
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Postby Spanner » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:32 pm

Hi not sure what you mean by "what head of water" there is just a tank in the loft if this helps? The taps haven't been changed and are the same ones they've had for at least 15 years.
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Postby rosebery » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:11 pm

The "head" is the vertical distance between the top of the water level in the CW storage tank in the roofspace and the highest part of the tap. For a bathroom if that is iro 2m then you will get about 0.2 - 0.25 bar pressure which should be adequate for most taps even the modern ceramic disc type although it's probably right on the limit.

Are any of the valves that should be open, in fact, shut? Specifically I'm thinking of the gate valve that should be fitted in the pipe which feeds cold water from the CW storage tank in the roof to the bottom of the HW storage cylinder.

The fact that they've put up with it for a further year after "the plumber thought it might have been an airlock" says that the answer to your question: "Is it a diy job or more one for the pro's" is the latter.

Given the time this has been going on this has got to be a better solution than requesting "site unseen" advice here frankly. Not being obstructive - just seems sesnsible.

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Postby Spanner » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:27 pm

Ok thanks, why is it that the hot water supply to the downstairs cloaks that doesn't have mixer taps is fine? This is where the mains water comes into the house.
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Postby rosebery » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:18 pm

"why is it that the hot water supply to the downstairs cloaks that doesn't have mixer taps is fine?"

Probably because the static head is that much greater.

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