installation of an electrical timer

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Old 06-25-15, 10:14 AM
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installation of an electrical timer

I would like to install a timer on my water heater but am not sure what the proper procedure is. Any and all guidance will be greatly appreciated....thanks
 
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Old 06-25-15, 10:29 AM
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General consensus is it won't save you any money if that is the reason you want to install it.
 
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Old 06-25-15, 03:28 PM
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The only real advantage to a timer on a water heater is if you have time of day billing. In that case it limits urological usage during the high billing time of day. Otherwise as Ray said they really won't save you anything.
 
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Old 06-25-15, 04:04 PM
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To add fuel to the fire, if the timer takes the water heater down, it has the chance to cool down so much, that when the timer does call for heat, there is a raw demand much higher than if the heater did its job as normal.

But, you know, we are giving advice without answering your question. The wiring of the water heater consists of 240 volts, two hot wires and a ground. At some point a heavy duty timer needs to be installed. Depending on which you chose, the wiring is pretty simple. You would make up connections at the hot side and the timer would make the water heater hot when the time called for it. Here is a sample timer and the instructions are fairly easy to follow.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Intermati...0DL3/203557614
 
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Based on all the info I guess i will leave well enough alone regarding the timer. Do you have any pros and cons regarding insulation the water heater with a radiant barrier???
 
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Old 06-25-15, 05:21 PM
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Actually, most outlets (box stores and plumbing houses) will carry over jackets for water heaters. IMO, not a bad investment, considering all the water heater has is about 2" of fiberglas around it inside the case.
 
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Old 06-25-15, 05:25 PM
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If you have natural gas available but a gas water heater in many areas cost about one third less to operate,
 
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For most things related to home energy, insulation has the highest return on your investment. Especially if your water heater is located in an unconditioned space (basement or garage). Insulate the tank and the pipes.
 
 

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