Pull a wire off the bottom element and cap it off iwth a wire nut.
Since heat rises the top element will keep the top of the tank hot
pretty much reducing your capacity by half or more.
The down side to this is that you and/or your spouse and the washer
and dishwasher are also handicapped by the lower amount of available
If they do counter your move, consider a compromise: Put a tankless
point of use water heater at the shower.
Consider the Stiebel Eltron:
This is Turtle.
Hey if you have any spec.s or type electric tankless equipment I would like to
see it. You can send it to this e-mail addy here. I want a Electric type whole
shower ability and not just a sink or small ability. I have a bunch of lines on
gas type but no electric types.
When I had the 3 kids in the house I just used a timer. There were 5 of us
and a 30 gallon tank. Showers were 5 minutes and baths were 15. I installed
a flow control shower head for the children's bathroom. They showered at 7-8
and the wifely and I were around 9-10.
You could also try turning down the temperature knob on the water
heater. Has almost the same effect as limiting the amount of hot water
that they can use. Then put a tankless hot water heater on your own
bathroom so you can take showers as long as you want.
I have to agree with turtle here. Whatever happened to discipline?
There is nothing wrong with your water heater, nothing wrong with your
The problem is your kids are inconsiderate, and that is what needs to
You could spend thousands on plumbing equipment to fix the problem, and
the kids will work a way around it.
If you are dead set on spending money to fix the problem - I'd hire a
plumber to cap the hot water feed to their shower. A week or 2 of cold
showers may provide the incintive you are looking for.
Why not install very low flow shower heads and lower the water
pressure to your home. If you dont have a pressure regulator into your
home, install one.
I got sick of cold showers with a 50 gal gas and 4 women in the house.
Cut down the pressure, installed low flow shower heads (as in, the
type that blow out more air than water) . Now they can take long
showers and I still get hot water.
My sollution is similar. The low flow head is in the bathroom
everyone else uses and the drilled out head is in the bathroom I use.
Lucky for me nobody here has caught on to this in the last three years
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