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    DIY Junior Member JinNH's Avatar
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    Default Boilermate temps fluctuating

    Hello. First time poster here with a question about an amitrol boilermate 41gal heater. We had it installed because during winter in NH we could barely get two showers out of the existing tankless coil, never mind fill the tub. After it was installed hot showers definitely aren't a problem, but filling the tub still is. If we try to draw a bath in the evening the hot water runs at about 112F and is cold by the time the tub is full. This is with no mix. I found it odd that we couldn't draw a full bath hotter than about 105. Then, once the tank reheats, the water is the 120+ degrees it's supposed to produce. Is it possible something is set wrong? I was under the impression the system would keep the tank water at 120. I would like to be able to fill the tub faster by increasing the mix. Is there a way I can force it to fire before starting the bath? It's possible the boiler can't keep up but the tub isn't even close to 40 gallons. Any insight would be much appreciated.

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    If you don't have one, install a tempering valve at the WH and set it to 120-degrees or so, and then set the boiler to run the tank to 140 or so, and you should increase the total hot water available. Is the tank setup as a priority zone? That alone might fix the problem. A tank can generally supply somewhere between 70-75% or so of it's volume (without being reheated) before the incoming cold water overwhelms that left in the tank and the temperature starts to drop. I'm assuming this is an indirect tank on a boiler. The valve may have the max temp stop set too low for your winter conditions...pretty much all ant-scald valves have both a pressure balance function and a mechanical stop. If you can move the stop, you may have enough hot water left to keep filling the tub - it depends on how 'cold' it actually gets - can't tell if there's any warm water left in the tank from here and your valve just can't access it without mixing with the cold because the stop is set too low. Hassle with those, is, if you set it in the summer, it may not get hot enough in the winter. If you set it for the winter incoming water temps, it gets too hot in the summer. Course, if you have any sense, you'd not set it high enough, but the regs require this to protect those that might not be able to figure it out on their own.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

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