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Old 08-18-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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I recently replaced the prior homeowner's 80-gal. stone lined electric water heater with a 40-gal modern one. I mentioned how excited I was to see a drop in my electric bill and the installers said I'd save more money if I turned the water heater off at the breaker box until about an hour before hot water was needed. I live alone and can easily time it so the heater is on for maybe 1.5 hours every two days (water actually stays hot enough for a shower after being off for 24-hours!). Question is, am I damaging the water heater by doing this? It should save oodles of money on electric.

Not sure if this is a plumbing or electrical question, so I'm going to post it on the electrical forum, too.

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If you're convinced that this is the way to go, get a timer for the WH.

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If you're convinced that this is the way to go, get a timer for the WH.

Ditto. It was pretty common for awhile.
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The electrical line runs right into the wall, so a timer would require hiring an electrician (not to mention the cost of the timer itself)...spending all that money seems to defeat the purpose lol! I just want to make sure that the water heater isn't being damaged being turned off and on every couple of days.
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The only way to damage it electrically would be to turn it on with no water in it.
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I would think it would take more electricity to go from cold water to hot water, than to just maintain temperature. Could be wrong, but i know once i turned off my electric baseboard heating for 2 weeks while i was away in the winter, and i don;t think i saved any money at all. Just a thought...
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i know once i turned off my electric baseboard heating for 2 weeks while i was away in the winter, and i don;t think i saved any money at all. Just a thought...
And you did get any frozen pipes??!!
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nah it was a mutli unit building so my neighbors gave enough heat to not drop below freezing, but it was still darn cold in there! lol

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