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Michael Gaffney

Thanks everyone, what I had not picked up was to expect a temperature differential between cylinder and tap. Otherwise I would have just kept turning up the thermostat until I was getting 60 degrees out of the tap. Now I no the temp people are going to get at the tap will vary house by house assuming the cylinder is set at 60.

My concern is to advise people in relation to health first, so limiting the likelihood of legionnaires (by setting the cylinder at 60) is first and burns (checking tap temp) is second. Yet in some households – those with young children – the likelihood of burns could be quite a bit higher than the likelihood of legionnaires. Compounded by me already advising people to lag their hot water pipes.

I will follow up by seeking out some plumbers.