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Old 07-08-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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I am freaking out a bit and need info. Left the Airstream on Sunday at my property which is 90 minutes away, just realized that I turned the City Water valve off so there is no fresh water going into the Airstream; but I forgot to turn the water heater off. I have a LP water heater and am not worried about running the LP dry but I am concerned that the water heater working day in and out will cause the water in the water heater to evaporate and it will eventually run dry. Will it empty by Friday when I was planning to go back up or should I get in my car and drive up there and shut it off? Thanks for reading and your time.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:07 PM   #2
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I hear you.


Is there anyone nearby you could call to turn the city water on?

Worst case, if 3 hours d driving will give you 3 more days peace of mind, it could be worth it. I would do it if I weren't sure.

Last, I honestly don't know, but I would imagine the valves keep the water in the hot water heater. I don't THINK it will evaporate but can't stress enough, I don't know that for sure. See suggestions above....


Good luck!
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:33 PM   #4
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The water will NOT evaporate out of the water heater. It is a closed metal tank. The heater will be just fine. The only thing that is not there is pressure on the tank, which is unnecessary.

Don't worry about it, next time you are there it will be as good as when you left it.
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The water will NOT evaporate out of the water heater. It is a closed metal tank. The heater will be just fine. The only thing that is not there is pressure on the tank, which is unnecessary.

Don't worry about it, next time you are there it will be as good as when you left it.

I tend to agree with this line of thinking. The WH will cycle off as the thermostat kicks in but we are in Summer and the temperature differential as compared to Winter should not be as severe. Plus your WH is designed for pressure retention and I suspect the only thing that may happen is some weepage through the T&P valve. If it were me I'd let it go.

Of course you could always go up a day early and have along weekend while putting your mind at ease.
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The water heater will heat the water to a certain temp (canít remember the temp) and then shut off till it cools... and continue as itís supposed to. It wonít evaporate as there is nowhere for the water to go, as in the water heater at your house. If no water is being consumed, the water level in the heater will remain the same.

Unless there is a leak in the hotwater line, youíll be fine.
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If someone was nearby you would want them to turn off your propane tank not turn on the water while your away.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:20 PM   #8
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Drove up and shut it off today, all was well no issues at all. Thanks for at the words.
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