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Hot Water Cylinder – Water Temperture

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  • #711223
    BJB
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    BJB

    We just have had a new hot water cykinder put in last week, as the old one sprung a leak. It must have had it Temp., up fairly high.

    The ‘ sparkie ‘, has set the Temp., of the new one at 55, and was told that was the most common Temp, they set them too.

    But am finding it it rather LOW, as quite often, I dont need cold water added to water when doing dishes, etc.,.

    Am wondering what other people have their hot water Temp set at. Hope someone mau be able to advise.

    Many Thanks.

    #711225
    macthistle
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    macthistle

    Hi BJB, yes 55 is now apparently the norm in most water cylinder temperatures. Its part of the Nanny State requirements so as to prevent hot water scalds, mainly aimed at children and in some cases some aged folk. If your cylinder has dial on the outside as ours does, you can turn your water heating up. We have ours on 65. Mainly because our hot water flow is not on mains pressure, so showers were a bit on the cool side. I have to admit though that the lower temp does mean slightly lower power bills, but then we have a wet back fire to heat our water and home, so we save quite a bit over winter – power bills less than $100 🙂

    #711227
    BJB
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    BJB

    Thanks MacThistle.

    Your Info, just what I needed to hear. Did have it turned up a bit. But made no difference. Then found out more about it, exactly what you have told me. Good to know these things. A wet back would be handy, to top up. We have a Solar Panel on roof and is just starting to make a small difference, great in the summer.

    Thanks again. BJB

    #711229
    macthistle
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    macthistle

    Sometimes it takes a good few days to a week to notice the change in temperature. Wetbacks are fabulous! Currently we are only lighting ours at night as the weather is getting warmer, just keeps it hot enough for showers.
    I wish they would make the solar panel option cheaper. The way some bang on about saving energy and not burning coal etc. I find the save energy thing a tad annoying considering power companys are so adept at raising their prices on such a regular basis. 😡

    #711231
    BJB
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    BJB

    The solar panel was not cheap, but is good at giving free hot water in the summer, but not good in winter. The thing to do is to have a wood burner with wetback in winter, as you have, but we dont have a woodburner, unfortunatly, only a heat pump which is good, but certainally not as good as woodbuner, my poor feet stay cold all winter!! The power companies say save power and when you do, they don’t make so much money and put their prices up. It’s never ending!!:?

    #711233
    ansypansy
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    ansypansy

    I must have my little say on this subject.
    I once owned a house that was on tank supply with a pump under the house. The resevoir attached to the pump held such a small amount that the pump turned on and off for the whole time, making the shower impossible to adjust to the right temp.
    I turned the temp down to where we could have a shower without using the cold water, and boiled water to heat the washing up water etc.
    I was quickly told that we would get legionaires disease with the temp so low and was advised to boost it up again immediately. I don’t think it was turned down as low as 55* so that sounds dangerous to me.
    Just a thought,

    #711235
    ansypansy
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    ansypansy

    just managed to post that twice, somehow

    #711237
    BJB
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    BJB

    ansy pansy:

    I have heard of Legionaires, but my pennies worth, that that came from air conditioning units!! But may be wrong on that. Anyway we have put the Temp up on as far as it will ( about 60 I think ). It is working out OK, was just the matter of working it out to suit.

    Do you still come over to play ‘ Bowls ‘ this way, Ansy Pansy.

    #711239
    ansypansy
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    ansypansy

    too complicated for me to explain the connection between too-cool hot water cylinders and legionaires, but it was explained to me at the time – over 20 years ago. The person who told me knew what he was talking about.
    As for coming over there to play bowls. I don’t, any more, buy my better half does.:lol::lol::lol:

    #1730160
    t0nyc0
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    t0nyc0

    we existed for years and did not worry about legionnaires disease.

    The best way with solar is by directing the power from the panel direct to the hot water element.

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