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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 05:09 am
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What happens if both elements are 3500W when the water heater label says they should be 4500W? Will it work but just not heat as fast causing you to run out of hot water or what?

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 07:10 pm
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Hi,  It will heat more slowly. If the tank is sized correctly for your needs, you still should not run out of hot water. A question: Why are the elements smaller than standard?

Yours,  Larry

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 Posted: Fri Sep 14th, 2018 10:15 pm
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I just bought it. It's a rental property. 40 gal. The lower thermostat was turned down all the way. I set it at 140 and the renters say it works now. They used to run out of hot water fast. I'll talk to them in a week or so and see if they are happy. Thanks for your reply.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 15th, 2018 06:30 pm
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Hello,  From a liability perspective, I'd turn that temperature down to around 130. This will still scald, but not nearly as fast as 140. Heaters are normally shipped set at 120, which is good for reducing scald risk, but not so good for getting rid of bugs, like legionella. It's always something :D
Yours,  Larry

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