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Old 09-14-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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Hot water tank thermostat

On our last outing I noticed that the hot water temp from all faucets was a little on the cool side for me.I fired up the gas side and the water was plenty hot. I ordered a 130 degree electric thermostat and 1440 watt element. Does anyone know what degree thermostat WRV used.Or what degree T stat some of you have used. The choices are 120-130 and 140 degree.

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Old 09-14-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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I can only tell you my preference with these smaller tanks.

I always go for the hottest one. This effectively gives you a little bit more hot water for showers, etc.

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Old 09-14-2015, 05:28 PM   #3
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Assuming you're referencing a Suburban 10DE water heater, the manual provides this note:

The thermostat on your water heater is not adjustable. It is a temperature
sensing limit designed to maintain a water temperature of 130F (54C).
Water temperatures over 125F (49C) can cause severe burns instantly
or death from scalds; therefore, be careful when using hot water.
Children, disabled and elderly are at highest risk of being scalded. Always
feel water before bathing or showering.

However, I also read a Suburban Service Manual that listed a 130 degree element as being "Standard" and a 140 degree element as being an "Option". I personally agree with okcnewbie that "hotter is better". I had replaced the element in our previous heater that was rated at 130 degrees and the gas came on regularly. Our new Suburban only lights the gas when the DW takes a long shower or runs the washing machine on hot. I do not know the rating of our current element. My personal preference is to limit use of propane since it costs more than using the electric shore power.

Just don't exceed the 10 AMP limit AC limit!
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Good feedback guys.We do not spend to much time in the shower but if the standard thermostat that I order doesn't fit the bill the optional 140 degree T-stat is only $15.00.
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