Philo is talking about the pilot light size adjustment, not the water
heater temperature adjustment, which you are talking about.
Apparently on some or all GWH, there is a screw that adjusts the size of
the pilot flame. The screw is I read here covered by a cap. I'm
thininking mayb a plastic cap that just pushes on over the screw and
comes off by pulling, if you can get your fingers on it, or maybe by
lifting the cap at the bottom in two places, perhaps one place at a
time, if you can't get your fingers in there. Since the plumber
just changed the pilot light assembly, it seems at least one would have
had the pilot light adjustment correct, but maybe not if there is
inadquate gas pressure in general. I don't know how long it will
take the gas company to check the pressure and then fix it if is low.
Maybe you can save yourself the wait by opening up the valve a little
If you find the screw, keep track of many turns you make - by looking at
the white label on the side of a screwdriver, or by using a Sharpie to
make a line on the side of any tool you are using that doesn't have a
label -- and write it down. and if you later find that wasn't the real
problem. you can turn it back to where it was.
The honeycomb thing sounds like a lead to me. Do you have one? Did it
get changed when the pilot light assembly got changed? Is it dirty?
Was it dirty. I have to go now.
10 minutes is enough to heat the water more than 105? Maybe if the
water that comes out is right where the heat is applied, but even then,
does't water convection mix the just heated water with cold water?
You can't count on there being a couple these days. There might be
three of them, or four, or two of the same kind. If there are two of
the same kind, it won't bend when it gets hot, because they expand at
the same rate.
Thermopile: N. The domed, mounded up mass of used
thermostats back at the shop, cause the boss never
throws anything away.
Thermopile: V. The act of technician putting thermo-
stats on top of the thermopile.
Thermopiler: N. The technician who is forced to put
the thermostat on the pile, rather than throw it out.
Gomerpiler: N. A technician who only replaces thermostats
but doesn't know how to diagnose anything else. A home
owner can be a Gomerpiler.
Well, I live alone, and I've gone two days with hot water after turning
off the wh. Just me, no laundry or dishwasher. Maybe I was going out
of town so I turned it off early. Or maybe there was a power outage.
I have an electric wh. They may have better insulation than gas do,
although I think it was just an inch and a half of the pink fiberglass.
Is that a lot? . How much less could gas have?
(They talk about a glass tank and I was worried bringing it home and
down to the basement that I'd break the glass. It's not glass. It's
bendable "plastic:, somewhere between milky white and clear, with maybe
glass in it for all I know There is no way it could break. Are
others any different?)
I personally don't use a lot of hot water. I take quick showers, rarely use
the dishwasher and almost always wash clothing in cold. But... Both
daughter and husband take super long showers and she is guilty of letting
the shower run for 10-20 minutes or longer before getting in it. Twice she
has fallen asleep with the shower running. I don't even notice until I
realize that it is very quiet and then I can feel the steam wafting out
here. By then the entire room is dripping wet. Neither she nor husband
will use the vent fan! Oh and body take super hot showers. I can not bear
to get in the water at the temperature they do.
You-2 should lay down the law. This is a tremedous waste of
everything. gas or electricity; water, and the steam is not good for
the house. Even in the biggest house it only takes 2 minutes for the
hot water to arrive.
As to hot showers, my mother thought hot baths were wonderful. She
begged me to try them and finally promised she'd never say another word
if I tried one once. I did and I hated it. She kept her word, though.
I take warm baths, and have to add more hot water every so often. I
brought in a thermometer to find out if the water was getting colder or
if I was just getting used to it, but I have only done one inconclusive
My new water heater was not set as hot as the previous one, also bought
from Sears. I've been setting it up a little at a time, and then one
time it jumped up a degree or so on its own. I'm not sure how hot I
want it to be. It's nice that I can still put my hand in straight hot
water without burning myself, but if I don't make the tub hot enough on
the first 3/4's, just adding hot water is not enough to finish the job.
We used to take baths. We had to quit for a variety of reasons. One being
getting in and out of the tub without injury. We have a stupidly huge
jetted tub. I do prefer the tub but can't get in and out well and the water
heater simply isn't big enough to heat enough water to fill it.
Temperature should be 120 to 130. Any hotter is a scalding potential
problem, anything less invites bacteria to thrive.
Filling a big tub takes lots of water and energy. Showers can be much
more efficient unless you buse them running the water for a long time
before getting in, etc.
Yes. I try if possible to have us take back to back showers so the water is
already hot. Otherwise, I only let it run long enough to get hot. This
time of year it doesn't really matter to me. It's so hot in that bathroom
the way it is, the last thing I want is a hot shower!
both daughter and husband have many behaviours that most would find
unacceptable. daughter refuses to cook most of the time but has special
food needs that the others don't. she also seems incapable of shopping
for food correctly.
it's obvious that with the major heat demand being the showers being
abused, a 50 gallon tank is absurd. smaller tank will teach them to use
water more wisely...eventually
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