Richmond Water Heater - Turn up heat?

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by otis4949, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. otis4949

    otis4949 New Member

    Denver, Colorado
    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
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    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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