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Old 09-29-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Water heater easy questions

Does the water heater use less propane when it's mostly off and turned on occasionally, or left on all the time so it doesn't have to heat water from a cold start? Or is it six of one and half dozen of another?

Also the water is really hot - is there a way to turn it down? Or do we just turn it off and let it cool down, thereby getting cooler water?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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The water heater only holds 6 gallons, perhaps 10 gallons in some of the newer heaters. With only 6 gallons (mine) we have learned to appreciate the very hot water, since by mixing with cold at the faucet/shower head you can have two or even three people take a comfortable shower. Or you can wash the dishes and still have hot water for a shower....not both at the same time, not enough pressure.
None of my units have had adjustable tempurature levels.
The water heater will reach tempurature on propane in about 10 minutes. I usually leave it on a/c but when on gas I turn off the switch when not in use. Otherwise the heater might kick on at night and the sound disturbs my sleep.
Not sure which way uses less gas.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:55 AM   #3
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My 5er had gas and electric. I left the electric on all the time and only turned the gas on 1/2 hour before a shower. With the electric on, whenever I ran my generator to re-charge my batteries, it would be heating the water. Don't know if it used more, but I didn't want mine coming on when I was sleeping either.
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Another question - It does not seem to matter whether the water heater switch is up or down - it never seems to run out of hot water, whether up or down. The manual says the water heater runs on LP, but I'm wondering if this model could be electric also? The red light is ON when the switch is up, but I don't know what the red light indicates. On the pump, the red light means the switch is ON, but the same logic on the water heater switch doesn't seem to jive. So - could it be elec even tho the manual says LP only?
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