I have a natural gas water heater and I have a question
on the durability of the thermostat control. I turn the
thermostat control setting to vacation to prevent the
burner firing up while I'm away form the house and I
do this daily. Will I accelerate the wearing of the
temperature setting mechanism by over use of the
control know? Thanks -
Hello Harlen, Mike d here, in my opinion, yes you'll wear out the temp.
control switch on your heater, why not use a timer (electric) to turn
your heater on when home off when away, & leave temp. switch on heater
I only jumped in to find if somebody had a timer... I'm not the original
poster. I personally leave my gas water heater alone (sometimes for days at
a time) and as a rule don't mess with the temperature.
Amazing how some big problems turn out to be little ones <g> I've already
had two hot water tanks fail, luckily, both while I was home and caught
before it became a big incident. As a result, I'm paranoid about it so if
I'm away for more than one day I shut the heater down--it only takes a
couple of minutes to get it up and running---no risk, high reward.
Do you know for a fact that the water heater turns on when not in use?
If so insulate it with a fiberglass or similar blanket. Modern water
heaters retain heat very well, Observe it some day when you are home
and not using hot water to see whether it fires.
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