Sunday, January 28, 2018

Water Heater

Showerhouse with open roof.
We have an outdoor shower. I thought it might freeze while we were on our tour so I drained the outdoor water heater and turned off the water. Apparently, it froze super hard and the small amounts of water in the unit busted the fragile internal tubes. This particular water heater survived a snake curling up in it for warmth only to die when the flames roasted the poor creature. It also survived a full year of use for myself and a whole bunch of guests in all sorts of weather. All in all, I have been very happy with its performance.

RIP snake
Each time I have to replace the outdoor water heater, I shop around looking for anything that is new to the global market. Amazon is a major help in this quest. With a quick search I can find models and reviews of products available all over the world. This time, I chose to go with a model I have not seen before, one with what appears to be better temperature controls.

The Eccotemp L5 - I have had 4 units over the last 6 years.
The one I have had for years is the Eccotemp L5 Portable. It has been a great unit, easy to set up and operate, but the temperature is rather wide ranged. During one shower, I must adjust it multiple times. When the well-water-pump kicks in drawing up the colder ground water, the water heater is cooler, then the pump kicks off and you nearly burn. It's still, overall a great unit, but maybe this other one will solve the temperature problem.

I'll let you know what I think of the new one when it arrives.

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