Deadband: water in first shower of morning luke warm

The Tank Deadband: water in first shower of morning luke warm

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    If no laundry is done in the p.m. (8 hours or less before first shower the next day) the water that comes out of the shower is luke warm. You can hear the water heater kick on while taking the shower, but that first shower is quite uncomfortable. The second shower has warmer water.

    HELP! Gas water heater, approx. 8 years old.

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    Randy Schuyler
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    It sounds like you have a deadband problem. That means there is a variation in the function of the thermostat. Sometimes it will think 110 degrees is OK, sometimes 130. That’s just an example. It might be any range. The manufacturers do not consider this a defect.

    You’ve got a couple of choices. You could buy a new tank, but you’d run the risk of getting another heater with the same problem. The other thing is to run enough hot water in the morning, maybe 10 minutes before you shower, to make the heater fire up.

    If it’s any consolation, my tank does this, too. I just live with it….

    Randy Schuyler

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