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  • Jack Jack @ 7:06 PM
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    Indirect temps

    What temps do you generally set your indirects? Do you add tempering valves on them?
  • Indirect temperature

    125F

    If the capacity of the indirect is sufficient for household needs, then 125F is fine.  If not, we set the indirect higher (150F) and install a tempering valve.
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  • BriH BriH @ 9:54 PM
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    Always do

    I've been taught to always put a mixing valve even on water heaters. But I do open up all the way and leave aqua stat at 130 tops
  • Aaron_in_Maine Aaron_in_Maine @ 9:59 AM
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    Always

    I set them at 140-150 and install a tempering valve on all my indirects.
  • Mixing Valve

    If you decide to use a mixing valve, I like the new one by Honeywell.  It's very easy to install.

    Edit:  Sorry, this is made for a standard, atmospheric water heater and may not be set up properly for an indirect.
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    This post was edited by an admin on July 10, 2013 12:59 PM.
  • hot rod hot rod @ 1:49 PM
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    two thoughts

    120- 125F takes care of the code requirement and lessens scald potential. But Legionella can be an issue with low storage temperatures.

    140F or higher will handle the legionella concern, but a listed mixing valve must be installed to protect against scald potential.

    It takes more energy to warm the water to 140F, then blend it with cold to useable temperatures around 115F.

    Lower operating temperatures extend the tank life. Lower temperatures precipitate less minerals from the water.. Also less insulation and standby loss, at lower operating temperatures.

    More and more European countries are requiring tanks, especially solar tanks, be elevated to 140F for a 1 hour period every 24 hours. A good compromise solution, I suppose.
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