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Old 07-19-2017, 06:48 PM   #1
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Water heater too hot

My hot water is way too hot on either gas or electric. Don't have the numbers, but you can't hold your hand under the faucet and it's steaming!
We got the camper late last year and the temperature was fine. I'd read that there are temperature limiting switches for gas and electric ops, but don't know for sure. Does it seem normal for both switches, if it has them, to go south?
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:04 PM   #2
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This is from the hot water heater service manual. Which is in our Document section of this forum.

CAUSE SOLUTION
EXCESSIVE OR INSUFFICIENT WATER TEMPERATURES
By-pass kit valves not set properly ----------------------------Place valves in proper position
Thermostat not seated against tank ----------------------------Reseat thermostat
Defective thermostat----------------------------------------------Replace thermostat
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:05 PM   #3
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There is adjustable thermostat switch out there. Here is a link.

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You can also open the middle valve (that is between the blue and red pipe) on the heater bypass a bit to allow cold water to mix with the hot so the water from the hot tap is cooler. Trial and error as to proper opening for temp you want.
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You can also open the middle valve (that is between the blue and red pipe) on the heater bypass a bit to allow cold water to mix with the hot so the water from the hot tap is cooler. Trial and error as to proper opening for temp you want.
Great idea! I have the same problem.

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Old 08-05-2017, 05:34 PM   #6
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-did you get it fixed, Ericthered? This might help some of us down the road.
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:49 PM   #7
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No, I have not. I started to try adjusting the bypass valve, then got sidetracked.
By that, I mean I forget about it until I'm in the shower. Then, by the time I get dried and dressed, I've forgotten about it.🙄. That keeps repeating .
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However, now that it's been brought to my attention, I'm gonna have to get to work on it. Right after I do the other things that I forgot to do.
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:43 AM   #9
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I believe the rational for the high heat is because the hot water tank is so small in these campers that when you adjust the water to the temperature that suites you the hot water will last longer...Ten gallons of hot water doesn't last toooo long, six gallons even less...You just need to be more mindfull of young children using the hot water by themselves...IMHO
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:06 AM   #10
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This summer we've stayed at several parks in which the incoming water was hotter than the water coming from the water heater, between the hose laying in the sun & apparently above water storage it was VERY hot coming from the cold side. This could be some of the issue you are experiencing.
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