Hot Water Heater Mixing Valve or Not

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I'm having my 38 gallon Bradford White HWH replaced Monday (under warranty). I am contemplating having the plumber install a thermostatic mixing valve at that time. I have a friend who says I shouldn't add the valve because it adds a level of annual maintenance to the HWH.

Just wondering what others think of adding the valve. It will add about $300 to the install, which isn't that much but if the benefits are not worth it or there is an alternate means that works better I would love some feedback.

From what I have read and the videos I have watched the valve seems fairly useful. We don't run out of hot water too often, but I imagine with the valve we likely would not run out at all.

I have seen some videos where the valve is cleaned annually, but for one with limited plumbing skills is it a job that can be handled or would I need a plumber in every year?
 

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I'm having my 38 gallon Bradford White HWH replaced Monday (under warranty). I am contemplating having the plumber install a thermostatic mixing valve at that time. I have a friend who says I shouldn't add the valve because it adds a level of annual maintenance to the HWH.

Just wondering what others think of adding the valve. It will add about $300 to the install, which isn't that much but if the benefits are not worth it or there is an alternate means that works better I would love some feedback.

From what I have read and the videos I have watched the valve seems fairly useful. We don't run out of hot water too often, but I imagine with the valve we likely would not run out at all.

I have seen some videos where the valve is cleaned annually, but for one with limited plumbing skills is it a job that can be handled or would I need a plumber in every year?
Ask your friend when they passed their master or journeymen's tests as required by NY

I was in Brooklyn Supreme court 3 weeks ago Monday testifying against a building owner who did NOT have a tempering valve (Mixing) and the water spiked to over 145 DEG F even though the maintainer stated he "adjusted it by the thermostat" which obviously was off

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tempering valve cost under $175.00 and comes with a thermometer and an adjustment that anyone can use to fine tune the temperature

A tempering valve is NOT considered an anti scald device but it does give some added protection

The $300 extra for this device is well worth it as a decent one cost about $150 then installation costs

The case I was called on was Mr. Brown suffered severe burns on his feet and was awarded 1.25 million for medical expenses . Pain and suffering is still be decided by the jury

For $300 it is idiotic not to get this device

I installed over 1,000 of these and never had to go back for years to test or rebuild them

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As long as someone is able to read a thermometer and set the dial as needed there is no valid reason to have to call a contractor to check it and follow manufacturers direction there should be no problems



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They are an added maintenance item, but a person who wants to can learn about anything. It's worth the extra in my opinion.
 

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This was the scalding case in Brooklyn, I stated "Stacking caused the scalding of Mr. Brown a diabetic

Lawyers E mail below which arrived late Friday The jury increased the "pain and suffering" from 1.25 million to 1.8 million ONE MILLION for future medical needs skin grafts etc.

"We won the Brown case

100% liability against the defendants, i.e. no comparative negligence on plaintiff’s part.

Jury awarded total of 1.8 million.


Thanks for your help.

Seth"

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