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I recently bought a house and the water heater was quite disappointing. This, 23 year-old 40 gal 40 BTU/hr, water heater could not get thru one long shower with the thermostat set to 120 degrees F. Turning up the water heater would get me thru a long shower, but I would occasionally scald myself in the morning when I was half awake. I was frustrated enough to start looking for a new water heater.
I wanted to replace my water heater with a quick recovery 50 gal unit, but my chimney flue enters the basement at a very low height which limits me to short water heaters. I could not find a short water heater with quick recovery. Therefore, I started looking at the Bradford White Performance Accessory.
The best short water heater I could find was a 48 gal, 40 BTU/hr Bradford White with icon. I installed the water heater with the mixing valve, then at a later time I installed the setback controller and accessory module. When I installed the setback controller, I installed it next to my furnace thermostat on the main floor.
The mixing valve is what gives the water heater the boost in performance. This is the awesome part of the product. Now, my wife can take a long shower in her bathroom and I can take a long shower in my bathroom AT THE SAME TIME and we never run out of hot water. Awesome!!!
The setback controller is a convenient item to have, but not necessary for everyone. It is allows two things, 1) it does save some money (I don't know how much) because I can set the controller to 90 degrees F during the night when we are sleeping. No need to pay for heating water when hot water is not being used. 2) the convenient part is I can easily raise the temperature in the morning when we have many guests showering, so we all can take showers without running out of hot water.
If the setback controller does not get you excited, then look at the AMX300 mixing valve. This mixing valve is a must have product. I expect all water heaters will come with a mixing valve in 10 years because this is such an awesome product.