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cottie

09:06AM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 12/10/03
2 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Cool site first of all.. Good to know places like this are available for the non-handyman like myself..
I'm a renter that just moved into a newly renovated place.. It has an electric 30gallon water heater... My question is this: How long should my hot water last when showering?. Average time? Surely its got to be longer than 6 min, right? That's all I'm getting and I hate having rush my shower, it realy bites on my shaving days. I just wanted to get some information on the subject before I went to my landlord about this..

Thank you in advance for your replys!

VGone

02:35PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
13 lifetime posts
Here are my thoughts. I'm not expert like others on this board.
When you take shower, usually it is combination of hot/cold water unless you are using completely hot water, i.e. shower faucet at extreme end. To measure the flow of your shower head, simple trick is to keep a bucket under your showerhead and run it for 30 seconds. You can determine per minute rate based on that and guess easily how long complete hot water will last. You can ask your landlord to turn up the water heater temps. for longer shower cycle. (If you have small children around, then think about safety issue)
-vc



k2

03:05PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I'm not an expert either, but have you tried turning up its temperature? Obviously it will be hotter longer if you're dealing with hotter water.

Also, electric water heaters sometimes have 2 elements--one of which may burn out. This leaves the whole unit rather ineffective.

plumber Tom

03:37PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Recommended temps for both top and bottom elements are 120 degrees. A simple once a month draw off procedure will help reduce calcium and hard water deposits on the elements. More preventaive maintenance is needed for electric heaters versus gas. By the way k2 happy holidays to you and yours, Tom

k2

03:39PM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey there Plumber Tom,

Thanks for the good word! And by all means, the same to you, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, fine sir!

-k2

cottie

03:33AM | 12/12/03
Member Since: 12/10/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the replies everyone! I have tried turning up the temp and it didn't seem to help much.. Water was hotter but when it goes.. its gone... I have a guy coming out to check the elements in a few days.. hopefully that's the problem.. VGONE, thanks for the tip.. I'm going to try that.
Happy Holidays All!
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