Now if there is a "good" time to lose hot water, it's in the desert in the middle of summer. The water sitting in the heater absorbs heat from the surrounding air. My morning shower wasn't exactly "cold", but just "cool", probably about 95F.
Fortunately the problem wasn't the heater itself, but rather the timer that controls the heater. One of these:
|Lifted from the Intermatic website, but I don't think they'll mind|
This little guy works like a sprinkler or pool pump timer. It even allows different programming for the weekends.
We are fortunate it was only the timer and not the heater for a couple reasons. First the timer is a lot cheaper than the heater and it's also very easy to bypass.
So we have a new timer on order and this one is bypassed in the meantime until the new one arrives.
The Amazon reviews have lots of reports of not lasting very long. Our results are mixed. This will be our third unit. The first lasted 2 months and was returned under warranty. The 2nd, the one that just failed lasted 13 years. I know this because of the note I added at the time "Installed 10 July 2002".
#include [std.disclaimer]: No compensation has been provided or promised for this post. We bought all three units at retail with our own money. I am all for investing in technology that will save me money in the long run. YMMV.