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Old 02-04-2011, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Frozen hot water...

anybody ever have your hot water freeze? the cold water runs like a champ but cant get anything out of the hot water. the hot water heater is in the garage on the north west side of the house in a corner with no insulation.

im thinkin about cutting open the wall to thaw it out so it doesnt burst.

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Old 02-04-2011, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the inlet froze?
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the inlet froze?
I hope so, otherwise it got mighty fawking cold in there.
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the inlet froze?
^ this, hot water can't freeze.
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anybody ever have your hot water freeze? the cold water runs like a champ but cant get anything out of the hot water. the hot water heater is in the garage on the north west side of the house in a corner with no insulation.

im thinkin about cutting open the wall to thaw it out so it doesnt burst.

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Well there's your problem right there.
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the inlet froze?
yes, thats what i suspect. i followed the cold line all the way to the tank from the attic, pulled the insulation back and little to feel how cold it was and none of the lines were cold enough to the touch to be frozen. its got to be frozen inside the wall.
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I've had the hot water freeze between the heater and the faucet before. It doesn't stay hot for long just sitting in the pipe
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I have seen boiling water freeze


Sounds like the inlet is frozen
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I've had the hot water freeze between the heater and the faucet before. It doesn't stay hot for long just sitting in the pipe
My buddy is having this problem right now.

They did an addition to his house way back when and the pipes to the kitchen sink are in the exterior wall. The hot water pipe is frozen solid but the cold water is fine.
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My buddy is having this problem right now.

They did an addition to his house way back when and the pipes to the kitchen sink are in the exterior wall. The hot water pipe is frozen solid but the cold water is fine.
Yup, and you know why? When I crawled under the house last year to thaw it out they had insulated the cold water pipe in foam wrap but not the hot water pipe. I guess they figured "hot water doesnt freeze"
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My buddy is having this problem right now.

They did an addition to his house way back when and the pipes to the kitchen sink are in the exterior wall. The hot water pipe is frozen solid but the cold water is fine.


Not seeing why a pipe in an exterior wall would freeze any more then ran under a house.
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any suggestions on thawing it out, been like this since tuesday. freezing cold water showers are getting old pretty quick.
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Sounds like the inlet is frozen
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Not seeing why a pipe in an exterior wall would freeze any more then ran under a house.
closer to the cold outside air
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How much of the line is hidden behind drywall from where your service enters your house and water heater? DOH, you said it's frozen AFTER the heater?

In the future, if your area gets hit with a cold snap like this again, you should leave a small trickle of water flowing...
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closer to the cold outside air


Closer how? The wall should be insulated just like the pipe under the house.


And yes I have seen boiling water freeze You cannot see it in nature or real world but in physics class you can see it done.
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Closer how? The wall should be insulated just like the pipe under the house.


And yes I have seen boiling water freeze You cannot see it in nature or real world but in physics class you can see it done.
Take note of the OP's location...
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any suggestions on thawing it out, been like this since tuesday. freezing cold water showers are getting old pretty quick.


Map gas on a torch. Find the pipe under the house and start where the water enters from the city. Leave a couple faucets open in the house to move the water. Also you can leave a halogen type light under the house to "warm" the space.
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hot lines typicaly freeze more often than cold lines beleive it or not.

cold lines get cuirculated more and dont ahve as much time to freeze.
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Map gas on a torch. Find the pipe under the house and start where the water enters from the city. Leave a couple faucets open in the house to move the water. Also you can leave a halogen type light under the house to "warm" the space.
new house with plastic water lines and a concrete foundation. I have chased the cold water feed to the tank and its not frozen and the hot coming out of the tank and its not frozen. there is about a 2 foot section of line I cant get to that drops down the cieling and wall and then elbows through the wall to the tank.
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anybody ever have your hot water freeze? the cold water runs like a champ but cant get anything out of the hot water. the hot water heater is in the garage on the north west side of the house in a corner with no insulation.
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Not seeing why a pipe in an exterior wall would freeze any more then ran under a house.
I would guess if there is a draft it will freeze faster if at all, circulating freezing air is a big factor in freezing pipes.
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No you haven't : Yes. I have.


closer to the cold outside air
YouTube - Boiling water freezing in one second outdoors in Cold Norway
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take a blow dryer and run it into the wall, let it run for a while.
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