# Can you use a plug in timer to switch your storage heater on during the cheap rate electricity

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Generally NO.
But...it Depends on amp rating of timer, wattage of water heater, and line voltage.
Look at label on side of heater for watts.
Electric water heater will work on any voltage.

Volts x amps = watts
Watts divided by volts = amps
Let's say outlet is 120Volts. Lets say water heater is rated 4500 watts.
4500 divided by 120 = 37 amps
There is NO plug-in timer rated for 37 amps.

Let's say water heater is rated 900 watts.
900 divided by 120 volts = 7.5 amps

Yes. The Intermatic HB113 timer will handle up to 8 amps.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-timers-and-manuals.html#appliance

2) 240 Volt outlet
Same calculations as above.

1900 watt element divided by 240 volts = 8 amp.
Yes, the Intermatic HB112 timer will safely handle that element.

3) Here are some water heater timers:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Compare-13-electric-water-heater-timers.html

4) Here are some off-peak water heater ideas.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Off-peak-water-heater-ideas.html

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It sounds like you have the timer set correctly.
Manual says to set Master switch to ON position to make settings

http://waterheatertimer.org/Sylvania-timers-and-manuals.html

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Manual says to set Master switch to ON position to make settings.
After settings are made, manual says to move Master switch to Timer for timed functions, as you have done

Next thing to look for: if timer dial rotates as time passes, and keeps correct time.

The timer dial is a clock. The segments located around dial are pushed down or pushed up to control on-off operation.
As the dial rotates, the segments push a switch that turns Load on-off.
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Plug ordinary lamp into timer, and turn lamp ON, and then manually rotate timer dial to see if lamp turns on-off. This will give you a baseline for timer operation, and then you can assess if the motor has suddenly malfunctioned, or breaker is tripped, etc.

Intermatic makes a heavy-duty plug-in timer, and the ratings are identical to your Sylvania SA110
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