Richmond Water Heater - Turn up heat?

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

  1. otis4949

    otis4949 New Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    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

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service 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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