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Thread: Richmond Water Heater - Turn up heat?

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    DIY Junior Member
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    Feb 2010
    Denver, Colorado

    Default Richmond Water Heater - Turn up heat?

    I am water heater illiterate - I have a 1996 Richmond Water Heater Model # 5V40-7 and we can barely take a full shower without the water going cold. At the bottom of the W/H there is a dial that says "HOT", "WARM", & "VACATION" - it is currently fixed to the "HOT" setting... is that how you turn the Temperature up and down? OR is there another valve/lever I need to move to generate an increase in hot water?

    Thank you for considering my question....

    Cold in Colorado

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    Master Plumber Redwood's Avatar
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    Dec 2007


    Sounds like a bad dip tube...
    Is your serial number between 0893****** to 0397******????
    If it's a 96 it is...

    Depending on the condition of the water heater replacement is probably the best option.
    It's 14 years old...


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