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Old 09-04-2012, 11:20 AM   #15
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An electric water heater wouldn't require venting, just a drain tube for the pressure relief valve.
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[update]

OK so, the Ariston 6gal unit is actually made by Bosch.
I just spoke with the Bosch rep and found out 2 relevant things:

1. Just like DKB_SATX said - No venting is required as this is electric only.
(guess that makes sense)
I downloaded the installation PDF from the website which has no reference to minimum installation requirements, spacing or venting and the Bosch rep seemed confused that I was even asking the question.

Any experts out there that would see a problem with this install?
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2. This is interesting. The Ariston 6 gal (not the 4gal or 2.5 gal) can be installed horizontally -or- vertically with the horizontal configuration giving you a 7 gallon capacity instead of only 5 gallons if installed vertically. The pipes come out of the side in the horizontal configuration so, I would install horiz. and run the pipes to the side of you have the space.
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Thanks for the update. I will definitely keep this in mind when I get to that point of my project.
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......, just a drain tube for the pressure relief valve.
So, the install diagram shows a Drain Pan under the unit. Would a hose attached to the pressure relief valve running out through a hole in the floor negate the need for a drain pan - or do we need both a Drain Pan and a drain tube?
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Thanks for the update. I will definitely keep this in mind when I get to that point of my project.
Indeed! Those extra 2 gallons will be worth their weight in 'liquid gold'.
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So, the install diagram shows a Drain Pan under the unit. Would a hose attached to the pressure relief valve running out through a hole in the floor negate the need for a drain pan - or do we need both a Drain Pan and a drain tube?
A drain pan could also catch water from a slow leak at a fitting, etc. If the relief valve opens, the drain pan may not be effective, though if it's in the regular install location and you've made a sealed "box" like the outer, exposed part of an RV unit, water from the relief valve would mostly go outside.

Since you're using it in a slightly different application than it was designed for, you may need to be a little creative with the install to manage emergency drainage, but it seems like it would be easy to do.
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Got it. Thanks DKB.

I'll have a look and try to report back if anything looks out of the ordinary for the benefit of this thread.
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How about diesel?

I saw an all-diesel TT when I was looking for mine, a 24' Argosy. The owner did it due to a fear of propane, but I had to admit, it was a very slick solution. Very high-end appliances.
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A drain pan could also catch water from a slow leak at a fitting, etc. If the relief valve opens, the drain pan may not be effective, though if it's in the regular install location and you've made a sealed "box" like the outer, exposed part of an RV unit, water from the relief valve would mostly go outside.
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One thing to consider if the unit is installed like the outer exposed part of and RV unit is that it would be exposed to freezing temperatures in the winter.
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One thing to consider if the unit is installed like the outer exposed part of and RV unit is that it would be exposed to freezing temperatures in the winter.
Good point.
Should I consider wrapping it with some sort of insulation?
(This should also increase the unit's heating efficiency in all temperatures)
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How about diesel?
Hmm. That's something to consider when/if I switch back to a fuel based solution.
My brother (who owns a sailboat) suggested Alcohol. The marine industry uses them for the same reason - non flammable.

In fact, one of the main manufacturers of Alcohol stoves is Dometic.

But that's for another day. For now, I'm all 120v.
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