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The heater is only kicking on low as the wate demand goes up the temperature of the water drops because the heater is not kicking up like it used to. The heater is a little over a year old.

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-Tankless water heaters are susceptible to lime build-up if not de-limed each year.
-Hard water will clog pressure-sensor and cause failure within 2 years if filter and softener are not working.
-Water flow and water pressure sensors inside tankless are succeptible to hard water deposits.
-Low water pressure from clogged pipes to municipal water problems to water well pressure valve can affect tankless burner
-Low-flow shower heads may not engage burner.
-With tankless-gas water heaters, sensors inside combustion area detect when incoming air flow is not adequate ... inspect inflow
-Your manual probably has a troubleshoot section.
-The manufacturer will refer you to installer.
-If you self-installed unit, that will void warranty to my understanding.
-There are water heater forums 1 2 3 4
-There are plumbers who will each have a different opinion
-There are Fixya experts who get paid to tell you the above.
-And there are local plumbers who are authorized dealers of the brand of tankless who get paid to fix them

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Water only stays hot for about 5 min or


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Lower thetermostatv temprature to 66. it's set to 77 right now and doesn't go lower


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You have 240Volt electric water heater.
Lower thermostat is set as low as it can go at 77.
But you want water temperature set to 66?
First thing to remember is that water heater thermostat settings are approximate since they read temperatures through the steel tank wall.
Second thing is that thermostats for electric water heater are generic, and are not made for lower temperature range settings. This is probably since most people complain that water is not hot enough.
I'm looking at a generic lower thermostat from Lowes right now. The low temperature setting is 90 degrees F.
Looking at some older thermostats from a drawer right now: one does not have a lower temperature mark, the other is a Reliance with low temp of 95, the old craftmaster goes down to 80.
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