Water Heater Temp


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Old 01-22-09, 07:03 PM
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Water Heater Temp

I have a 50 gal electric water heater and my temp on my water heater is set to 130 deg and it seems that there is enough hot water for no more than 3 showers. Once the 4th person takes a shower, you have no hot water left. Should I increase the temp or it wont matter?
 
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Old 01-22-09, 07:22 PM
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increasing the temp of the water would help but i would not do this unless you install a tempering valve. 120*F is the recommended setting to prevent accidental scalding.
 
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I currently do not have a tempering valve and my setting is at 130 deg. Besides the tempering valve, what other things can I do to allow more people to take hot showers? Both my bathrooms have fairly new showerheads that my wife just purchased within the past year at Bed Bath and Beyond.
 
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Safely? Install another water heater in tandem, or zoned, if the piping is accessible like in a basement and keep the temperature at no more than 120 F. 3 showers for a normal water heater isn't bad, considering the length of showers taken by most people.
 
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Make sure your shower heads are low flow. 2.0 GPM or less. Many of these "designer" shower heads are built to deliver the equivalent of showering in a tropical rain forest -- and use a LOT of hot water. Three showers on 50 gallons is doing very good. I have a 40 gallon gas water heater, set at 110 degrees, and its all I can do to get one good shower out of it. Another easy fix is to reschedule some of your family showers.....stagger them to give the water heater a chance to recover.
 
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Water Heater Temp

Most electric water heaters have two thermostats, and I recommend that both be checked. Further details on how the two thermostats and associated heaters work can be found at the following website. www.chilipepperapp.com

Good Luck,
Ed
 
 

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