What is Recovery Rate?

Answer

Recovery rate is the amount of hot water the water heater is capable of providing in a given period of time, not to be confused with first hour rating, which includes recovery rate plus 70 percent of the tank capacity(see FAQ #8).The amount of hot water provided will depend on several things. Wattage of a heating element in an electric water heater, temperature rise and the time frame for which you are measuring the recovery rate. The charts below are based on gallons per hour (GPH).

For example: in an electric water heater if the wattage of the elements is 4500, the incoming water temperature is 40 degrees and you are heating the water to 120 degrees (temperature rise of 80 degrees) the recovery rate is 23.0 GPH.

Electric Water Heater Recovery Table(Calculated at 100% Recovery Efficiency)GPH RECOVERY AT INDICATED TEMPERATURE RISE
HEATING ELEMENT WATTAGE 60 DEGREE 70 DEGREE 80 DEGREE 90 DEGREE 100 DEGREE
750 5.1 4.4 3.8 3.4 3.1
1000 6.9 5.8 5.1 4.5 4.1
1250 8.5 7.3 6.4 5.7 5.1
1500 10.2 8.8 7.7 6.8 6.1
2000 13.7 11.7 10.2 9.1 8.2
2500 17.1 14.6 12.8 11.4 10.2
3000 20.5 17.5 15.4 13.6 12.3
3500 23.9 20.5 17.9 15.9 14.3
3800 26.0 22.3 19.5 17.3 15.6
4000 27.3 23.4 20.5 18.2 16.4
4500 30.7 26.3 23.0 20.5 22.5
5000 34.1 29.2 26.6 22.7 20.5
5500 37.6 32.2 28.2 25.0 22.5
6000 41.0 35.0 30.7 27.3 24.6

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