hot water heater issue

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Renter here in a 1960's home. (I'm the one with loose electric outlets.)
I have my gas hot water heater set on the arrow which I assume is average hot. When I shower, I don't turn on any cold water. In other words, just the hot water on is ok for a shower. If I'm feeling like a real hot shower, I'd have to decide the night before and turn up the water heater.
Is this normal? Do you think this could be due to sediment? I don't think the heater is older than 10 years but it's not a real efficient one. It's in my heated basement and I put a "blanket" on it a month ago, hopefully to save a bit of money.
Should I just turn it up to "A", "B" or "C"...which I assume is hotter since it's up the dial. I don't want to waste money.
Thanks, bonnie
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Turn the dial to whatever setting produces the temperature water you would like. If you are worried that much about wasting money just turn off the water heater entirely.
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Turn the dial to whatever setting produces the temperature water you would like. If you are worried that much about wasting money just turn off the water heater entirely.
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You are not allowed to set the water temperature. Our government takes care of your needs and knows what you should be doing. Many states have plumbing codes that state the water temperature must not exceed 125 degrees or 116 degrees in the shower, etc.
If, however, you want to be a lawless renegade, go ahead and turn up that dial. It is easy enough to blend i n some cold water to get just what you want. There is a risk of scalding above 130 or so, thus the codes. The higher the water temperature, the greater the loss to the atmosphere too. In the winter, that is helping to keep the house warmer so it may not be costly at all since you pay one way or another.
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Many gas water heater are 55% efficent new, and with scale they get worse, so if you dont want to waste money throw the tank away and dont shower, or join a health club and shower there. Where does HW go anyway, down the drain as in money down the drain. I gave up showering years ago and I never smelled better. Did you ever see an igloo with a shower, alot of folks have no HW.
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Many gas water heater are 55% efficent new, and with scale they get worse, so if you dont want to waste money throw the tank away and dont shower, or join a health club and shower there. Where does HW go anyway, down the drain as in money down the drain. I gave up showering years ago and I never smelled better. Did you ever see an igloo with a shower, alot of folks have no HW.
Well, that convinced me, and you wonder why you live alone? (lol)
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On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 09:20:55 -0800 (PST), ransley

More dumbass bullshit from ransley posting numbers that just flew out of his ass. SHOW me documentation on just ONE SINGLE GAS WATERHEATER that is new and is only 55% efficient. Just one! You gave up showering? Ha Ha. Only you would be that cheap. Ransley the stinky skinflint. Bubba
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Hey Mr Moron bubbles bubba, you just prove again and again your no pro heat guy anything. Its called, for your help and education, E.F. that is the Energy Factor rating. And for just about every tank made, they are all here for you to see to help you learn at www.energystar.gov you really need to grow up and quit making a fool of yourself here every time you post. You will find im sure more than 60, that are 55 EF. You also need to learn the EF rating. Do you know what AFUE is, probably not, do you know what % is?
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On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 13:45:17 -0800 (PST), ransley

Nice try ransley. You know, I don't think I've ever met anyone quite as stupid as you. Absolutely dumber than a box of rocks. AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) and EF (energy factor) are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT methods of calculation and are very different and not directly comparable. I don't know how else to explain it to that pea size mass you call a brain. Maybe if you weren't sitting on it so much it would work a little better. Do a little research and come back when you can grow up and speak intelligently with the adults. Now get back in your crib. Bubba
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Bubba wrote:

WTF is with the two of you? Seriously.
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"Nate Nagel" wrote

Dunno but been hitting my delete key on both of'em lately over whatever this is.
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Im just sick and tired of him and idiots like him spewing all kinds of inaccurate crap about water heaters, boilers etc that is wrong and will get people hurt or killed with some of his stupid advice. Hell, look at all the silly shit I responded to. That freaking moron spews out advice on almost ever single post in alt.home.repair. I dont care if he tells someone how to wax their car and his advice peals the paint but when he starts telling people how to adjust gas appliances that is not safe, thats when the fool needs a smack-down. Then all he does is spits out numbers he makes up so people might think he is credible. When I ask for proof, he never shows it. Idiots like him are just plain dangerous. Bubba
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You want me to post proof so you can learn, well I dont know how to post links and im not your teacher. You want to know of only ONE that is 55 EF, where 45c of every dollar is wasted. Bradford Whites regular Ng lineup of about 70 has 3-THREE that are 55 EF and under. Their highest is 63 EF. Now, thats just one company, just one you can google. I bet there are 100 of 55 EF sold, but you prove me wrong, and you prove BradfordWhites own ratings are false. Just type in your search bar Bradford White Energy Factor, that is more help than you need. I never said EF = AFUE, I said you dont know either, and you dont know EF or you wouldnt say what you do. What I say I get from ratings, its not up to me to prove it, its up to you to post a link I am wrong. If I knew how to post links I would.
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On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 06:20:25 -0800 (PST), ransley

Dont worry idiot. No one in their right mind would listen to you, much less learn from you. Only thing learned from you is how to be a tight ass dipshit. And your still quoting the EF's like they are dollars. You're an idiot. Its not the same as AFUE's you dork. Do us all a favor and just shoot yourself now you rambling idiot. That and the fact that you dont know how to post a link is just funny beyond belief. How did you even learn how to turn the computer on or did your mommy show you that? Bubba
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What you have just stated proves you are a NUT or a drunk moron. I think moron and likely drunk as you post crap.
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On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 18:17:14 -0800 (PST), ransley

Obviously truth and fact evade you. Bubba
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It's a PISSIN' contest!
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I took the water tempurature this morning with my instant read thermometer (for barbeque). It was around 90?. I upped the temp on the water heater to "C" and now it's 140. So I will play with it until it's 120. Thanks for the advise for me to actually see what temperature it's at and adjust from there.
bonnie
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Bonnie Jean wrote:

Good job, too cool can breed nasty bugs like Legionnaire's so this is not only a comfort issue.
I dunno why they don't install a bung on the outlet for a temp. gauge that would make issues like this much more evident; e.g. sorting out without any doubt whether a tenant has a valid complaint or not. If I ever replace my WH I may be tempted to do just that. And a pressure gauge as well so I can see if I'm getting too many spikes (I have a gauge, but it fits on a spigot, so I'd be afraid to leave it on all the time... the obvious place to put it is on the WH drain, and I'd be afraid of kicking it off and making a mess) I don't think this would be too expensive, might add what, $20 to the cost of a WH installation?
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You may be willing to pay $20, but the typical consumer is looking for the lowest price an any cost. Pennies count in manufacturing. I'd guess that 99% of consumers don't give a damn and would never look at the temperature.
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