Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-29-2017, 09:25 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Ely , Minnesota
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 52
Hot water heater

Question,,,,apart from propane consumption, does it do any harm to my hot water heater to leave it on all the time? We are volunteering in a park where propane is provided for us. It is nice to have hot water on demand, but I just wondered if this will damage my heater by leaving it on all the time.Thanks...
bertheep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2017, 10:12 AM   #2
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 8,402
The water heater has a thermostat that controls the temperature of the water. As long as it is operating properly, there should be no issue leaving it on for extended periods.

You would want to shut it down at intervals and flush any sediment out of it, and restore the air bubble that reduces surge in your water system. (or do what many have done and install a surge tank somewhere in the system.)

The only thing I did not like about the standard AS water heater was its tendency to come on and noisily heat water in the middle of the night. Since our heater is located in the bottom of the wardrobe closet and is right next to the head of our front bed, the noise used to wake me up occasionally. Because we tend to camp out in cold weather, we could not turn it off at night under freezing conditions.

To solve that, reduce the weight forward of the axles, and provide massive amounts of hot water so my wife can enjoy "hotel showers" on the road in the Airstream, we installed a PrecisionTemp 500-series tankless water heater. That unit is essentially silent unless we are actively using hot water, or if it gets below freezing, and it has to protect itself from freezing up.

Not a cheap change, but wife is happy, so it's priceless...it also makes very little noise when heating water, or at least the sound of the shower and sometimes the water pump totally drowns out the sound of the little fan that circulates the air for the burner...
__________________
Rich, KE4GNK/AE, Overkill Engineering Dept.
'The Silver HamShack' ('07 International 22FB CCD 75th Anniversary)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch, Prodigy P2 controller.
2012 shortbed CrewMax 4x4 Toyota Tacoma TV with more antennae on it.
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2017, 11:08 PM   #3
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 6,365
Images: 2
You will get a lot of mineral buildup in the WH... flush regular (every other month drain the WH... using proper steps.).. I neglected to do this.. and so, have done my Mea Culpa and deserving penance... Flushed then filled with 50-50 white vinegar and water.. heat for 3 hours... allow to COOL... flush with clean water... I got a lot out by running a small hose inside.. and there was LOTS of stuff coming out... for over 10 minutes..
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hot Water Heater Works But No Hot Water Althea Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 6 04-16-2016 09:45 AM
being frugal with hot water best ways to manage hot water cost lbdesign Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 23 12-17-2015 09:14 AM
Hot hot hot aluminum! 58cruzer General Repair Forum 23 06-24-2013 01:08 AM
AC just quit working and it's Hot Hot Hot!!! SaabLover Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 9 07-27-2010 09:03 PM
hot water water on demand with a with a normal water heater Frank's Trailer Works Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 3 09-25-2007 12:24 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.