I agree it's a good idea, but with the heat set to 67 degrees, it's too
damn cold to stand in the shower soaping oneself without the hot water
running. (some insulation behind the walls might be nice...)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
how old is the tank? it might be sluged / sediment filled? bad
thermostat or element. is your shower a low flow head? if you pay for
a pro diagnosis its probably cheaper to just buy a new tank
if you can afford a 20 minute shower just buy a new 100 gallon
and before someone says tankless ............
know you will need to upgrade your main service to 200 amps just for
heating water plus 200 amps for regular home use. a 400 amp upgrade is
if you like such long showers have you considered 2 heaters in series?
that doubles capacity
Thermostats are adjustable. Have you tried turning it up? The usual
recomendation is set by safety idiots who don't think hot water shouldn't be any
hotter than lukeworm. If nobody living in your house is mentally handicaped
then you can set it far hotter.
thermostats lose calibration and drift, kids turn knobs. things
increasing the tanks temperature a little may solve the problem. he
could turn the tank to max after adding a tempering valve so no one
can get scalded
No, nothing is fixed. If one element is out it will take twice as long to
get to temperature and once you've diluted the high temperature, it is going
to take longer to recover. It may be a temporary work-around, but it does
not fix something broken. Those thing usually come back to bite you in the
ass at the worst times. There is no substitute for a proper repair.
I can fathom that, but setting it up to 150 still does not fix it if broken.
If the thermostat is the problem it must be re-calibrated or replaced. For
a long time he was OK with the present setting. It no longer works. Why
can't you fathom that something changed and must be fixed properly to make
it work properly again? If it is set at 125 and the water is 90, something
is wrong. If it is set at 125 and the water is 150, something is wrong.
Using 150 degree water mixed with cold does not negate the fact that
wherever it was set at worked before and does not now.
Work arounds are not fixes. Duct tape may get you by, but it is not a weld
or a rivet. If one of the elements is broken, setting the temperature to 150
may compensate, but after the second element burns out, should he then set
the thermostat to 200?
Department of Health, here recomend at least 160 deg F for safe and
sanitary dish washing.
However if small children are using taps that may be too high y to
On the subjcet of efficiency; it depends where the 'wasted' heat from
an older less well insulated tank will go. In our case it escapes into
and helps heat the house which requires some heating for at least ten
months of the year and is heated electrically (from hydro generated
power) in any case.
20 minutes!! Wow. I thought DH's 10 minute showers were bad. Yes, his
hair is waist length (so's mine) so there's washing and conditioning,
but he shaves at the sink. I shave my legs in the shower, and I still
can get out in under 4 minutes. Of course, I don't feel the need to
stand there in a zen trance forever, like DH. All that's missing is
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