I'm trying to figure out how to set up our hot water heater to
turn on around 6am (but also so it will turn on as needed when the
hot water is used at other times, e.g. if someone takes a shower
in the afternoon). We have a Paragon Electric model 4001-00 timer
on the unit; the dial turns clockwise, and there's an arm that can
point at a time of day. Could someone please explain how to set
There should be 2 trippers - an OFF and an ON which screw on to the perimeter
of the metal dial.
You can set a time on and a time off, and that's it. With an additional set of
trippers, you can set more time segments. However... unless this water heater
is grossly losing heat due to poor construction or lack of insulation, you
aren't really going to see any appreciable energy savings by turning the heater
off for short (4-5 hour) segments of time.
Electric water heaters heat what's inside and then turn off. They won't turn
back on unless hot water is used, or the unit loses substantial heat (cools
off) and that takes many hours.
And the recovery rate is very slow. You can't heat "on" at 6am for a 6:30 am
Thanks for the info, and for the advice. It's an oil burner, and
the tank is only a few years old, so I assume it's fairly well
insulated. I was concerned that we were wasting fuel by having it
set to run at any time.
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