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Old 03-10-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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Maybe the HOA saving a few bucks:

"A water temperature of 120°F does not kill the Legionella bacteria; a minimum temperature of 140°F is required at which Legionellae dies in 32 minutes. Hence it is recommended that the water heater be set at a temperature of 140°F. "

Articles say that scale and sediment is a great growth substrate. Dollars to donuts most people and HOA's don't flush out their systems. I know most homeowners don't.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Because of HIPPA laws, the identities of those affected have not been revealed. It’s very possible that the pest control person could have gone into the clubhouse and used the restroom while he was in the neighborhood. We don’t have more details than that the water heater has been identified as the source, and all other water heaters have been tested. I never Thought there was hot water in any of the restroom sinks..it’s pretty common for there to be only cold water in public restrooms.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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Maybe the HOA saving a few bucks:

"A water temperature of 120°F does not kill the Legionella bacteria; a minimum temperature of 140°F is required at which Legionellae dies in 32 minutes. Hence it is recommended that the water heater be set at a temperature of 140°F. "

Articles say that scale and sediment is a great growth substrate. Dollars to donuts most people and HOA's don't flush out their systems. I know most homeowners don't.
When I replaced my home water heater, I read that most are factory set to 120. I think mine was actually a little less. I’ll be looking into how to raise it now.
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Old 03-17-2018, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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When I replaced my home water heater, I read that most are factory set to 120. I think mine was actually a little less. I’ll be looking into how to raise it now.
It’s easy to reset the temp on the water heater. If you have the book that came with it, the instructions will be in there. Or google it.

My water heater has 2 panels on the outside, each of which involved removing a screw to open the panel. Inside each panel, there is a flap of insulation which is easy to push aside, revealing the temp control dials. All that was necessary was to turn up the setting on BOTH dials.

Be careful to not get the water TOO hot, especially if you have children or elderly people in the home...it can easily reach scalding temp if set too high.
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