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pianotuna

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Posted: 07/06/19 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

I generally do not use propane to run the water heater.

If you leave it on, and draw no water, the unit will cycle on for about 15 minutes every four hours, once the water is hot (mine is a 10 gallon US).

So, if I'm plugged in at a friends home, I'll turn the water heater on first thing in the morning. By the time I've finished breakfast there is ample warm water to do the dishes. Then I have a shower. Then the heater is turned off. That leaves enough water to do the dishes at lunch and supper as well as for hand washing.

At a campground where power is included in the lot rental, I'm a bit lazy and just leave the heater on.

Because I want full wattage from electric heating devices, I find myself using an autoformer a lot.


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Posted: 07/06/19 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On when plugged in to electric...never even turn on the propane switch unless quick recovery needed between showers. Our electric on/off switch is on the heater itself, so it’s easy to set and forget. I did learn (almost the hard way) that I need to remember to turn it off before draining the water heater if I’m plugged in (usually at home after a trip prepping for storage)


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OK, Lets say you leave it OFF UNTIL you need Hot Water. Well the Heat up time is dramatically LONGER to heat the 6 or 10 gallons of water than on LP. So, If you have an HOUR before you need heat then leave it off and then turn it on when you need heat. As others have mentioned, the Water heater on both LP and 120 does NOT stay on all the time. The Tstat will shut it off when it reaches temp and then come back on as the water cools. Doug

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Do you turn your water heater on and off at home?


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When I had a LP water heater I always had the electric element on. I now have Aqua Heat and only occasionally turn on the electric element.


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Posted: 07/06/19 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I leave it off.

Once you have experienced the thermostat malfunction, which they often do, and you come back to your RV and the whole wall of the RV is burning hot?

You won't leave it on either. [emoticon]


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rockhillmanor wrote:

I leave it off.

Once you have experienced the thermostat malfunction, which they often do, and you come back to your RV and the whole wall of the RV is burning hot?

You won't leave it on either. [emoticon]


NONSENSE. Suburban and Atwood do not have a "common" tstat failure rate. There are THOUSANDS of fulltimers that leave their Water Heater on 120 24/7. They never have a bad problem. Doug

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dougrainer wrote:

rockhillmanor wrote:

I leave it off.

Once you have experienced the thermostat malfunction, which they often do, and you come back to your RV and the whole wall of the RV is burning hot?

You won't leave it on either. [emoticon]


NONSENSE. Suburban and Atwood do not have a "common" tstat failure rate. There are THOUSANDS of fulltimers that leave their Water Heater on 120 24/7. They never have a bad problem. Doug


lol. I'll give you the number for the rv mobile repair guy that fixed mine and you can ask him how many he has repaired.

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rk911 wrote:

if plugged in the WH is on 24/7.


Same here


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Posted: 07/25/19 09:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We keep it on 24/7, and except when driving down the road, it is on 365 days a year for the past 9 years.

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