Quick Tip – Adjusting Hot Water Temperature

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On my Suburban water heater, there is no adjusting the water temperature and frankly, what comes out is frightfully hot. It’s not a problem when my wife or I start water, we’re used to it – we turn more cold on than usual and it’s ok. The problem comes when we have guests and kids using the water; often times, they’re caught off guard with the hot.

At home, our water heater had an adjustment and we can easily bring the temperature down to safer levels for little hands. As I said, our camper’s water heater doesn’t have this. But, what I have found is that I can partially open the water heater bypass valve so that it lets some cold water into the stream so that it effectively mixes just after the hot water outlet on the tank.

Now our water is a safer temperature for our kids and guests!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Doug, I had a post on Forest River Fourms that I was looking for a HW296 Forest River Rockwood. UPDATE: I bought a new 2014 from RV direct .
    ( handeled by Orlando RV) I feel I got a good price. I got many extras inc electric tung 7 yr extended warentee ac of cores. I will pull it with a 2013 RAM 1500 5.7 V8 Hemi. I have no kids (mine are grown and gone) so should work out ok. I hope to find a woman who would like to join me on my camping advertures. well one thing at a time. Take Care Bill M

  2. Congrats on the new camper! Those high walls are really nice. I started with a pop-up, a Coleman and the high wall would have fixed a couple of the setup issues that I had with it. Welcome!

  3. This is an older inquiry. I imagine your problem is solved. For other visitors, however, I've seen posts in other forums where individuals replaced the thermostat with one designed for a home hot water heater. These are adjustable.
    I would add, be sure your thermostat is making good contact with the tank. If it's not a snug fit, it cannot accurately measure water temperature.

  4. This is an older inquiry. I imagine your problem is solved. For other visitors, however, I've seen posts in other forums where individuals replaced the thermostat with one designed for a home hot water heater. These are adjustable.
    I would add, be sure your thermostat is making good contact with the tank. If it's not a snug fit, it cannot accurately measure water temperature.

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