As long as some hot water is used farily frequently, the heater
works fine. But if several hours elapses when no hot water is
drawn, then when I do finally turn it on, the temperature varies
considerably depending on whether the heater has been ON recently.
If I set it so that the minimum temp is always just hot enough, the
max temp (if the heater has just shut off) is way too high.
It's clear that the thermostat (Robertshaw) on the heater has a
bunch of hysteresis built in - it takes a pretty large movement of
the thermostat dial to manually switch the gas between on and off.
And I just wondered if anyone here had dealt successfully with this
problem by replacing the thermostat (if that's even possible), or in
some other way.
As it is now, I leave the heater at a fairly low temp, but if I want
to make sure the water is hot, I go out to the garage, turn the
thermostat up until the gas switches on, then put the thermostat
right back where it was (the gas then usually stays on). By the
time it finishes cycling 20 mintes later, the water is hot. Quite
often, I find that the gas will switch on when I just touch or
barely move the dial, which further indicates to me that the
thermostat is "sticky".
I'd just like it to stay within a narrower temperature range over
long periods of time when no water is drawn.