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kentvw
Re: Electricity testing?

Your link took me to Canadian Tire............. I don't think you're using tires to heat your water.............:D

Yes, if you take the covers off of the upper and lower elements you should see a temp dial that can be adjusted with a screw driver..............

10 degrees "C" ?? Are you up in Canuk country? :D

And yes a blanket is a great idea.

You would really need a recording meter to know what your H2O heater draws. They are very expensive to buy and very expensive to rent.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Electricity testing?
kentvw wrote:

Your electric water heater "probably" has two elements in it; one upper and one lower. The upper one sees most of the use. the lower one only kicks in when enough hot water is drawn off the top and the temp drops low enough to kick the lower element in.

The elements are "probably" 1500 watts each but here's the kicker they are 240 volts so your formula remains the same but your numbers are different.

Kentvw,
I believe you have that back-wards. The cold water comes into the tank at the bottom, so the bottom element comes on and is the most used. The top element only comes on if you run enough water to remove all the hot from the top of the tank.

NewLady,
A tank wrap will cut heat loss typically by about 25%. Most estimates that I have seen say that a water heater accounts for between 25% and 50% of your electric bill except in an electric heated house. The thermostats on a water heater are interlocked so you never have both elements on at the same time. 1500watts divided by 220 volt =6.82 amps, but the amp draw does you no good if you don't know how often or how long the tank is on. It would take a different type of monitor to give you that information.
This is a picture of a typical water-heater thermostat

There is on under each of the two covers on the side of the tank.
Hope this helps,
Jack

kentvw
Re: Electricity testing?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Kentvw,
I believe you have that back-wards. The cold water comes into the tank at the bottom, so the bottom element comes on and is the most used. The top element only comes on if you run enough water to remove all the hot from the top of the tank.

Right you are Jack. I never was much of a plumber.

NewLady
Re: Electricity testing?

Well, I opened both the top and bottom one. The top has a reset button, nothing else. The bottom one looks like this:

http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/images/UpperElectric2.jpg

I dunno, this one is tough...I get scared about electricity:o

kentvw
Re: Electricity testing?

As it turns out Jack was kinda right on the element thing and I was kinda right on the element thing.

Here, read this.

http://whirlpoolwaterheaters.com/how/std_electric_how.php

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Electricity testing?

There is a temp adjust on each thermostat, they should be set the same.
Jack

canuk
Re: Electricity testing?
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[COLOR=black][COLOR=red]Canadian Tire ..... 10 degrees "C" .... Are you up in Canuk country?[/COLOR]
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C [COLOR=black]... senor :D [/COLOR]

NewLady
Re: Electricity testing?

I did it! They were just really hard to see, and under a additional cover, but I set them to 52 Celcius, you think that should do? not too cold is it? Should it at least cut a hydro bill by 10%? Now, what about in the summer when you really don't need much hot hot water, could I lower them even more so that it uses even less energy?:confused:

You guys have been great! I'm so glad I came across this forum:D

canuk
Re: Electricity testing?

Good stuff ... NewLady ..... That should be just over the accepted 120 F temperature and it should remain at that temperature year round ... regardless of season.:)

kentvw
Re: Electricity testing?
NewLady wrote:

Hi Guys,

Hope this question isn't too...um, dumb.

For a thread that started with the above..........

5 pages and 256 views so far.

Not too bad and certainly not too dumb.

:)

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