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Old 01-14-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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I have searched over and can't find so I am sorry if this has already been talked about. My camper has a 6 gallon tank for hot water. It has both options for gas or electric. I keep it on electric. For some reason the hot water is lasting less and less. Any trouble shooting help?! I am at a loss and my cold shower this morning wasn't exactly nice..... ugh
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As weather gets cold the water entering the heater is colder, thus it takes longer and longer to heat, so it is not that you are running out sooner, it is that it's taking longer to heat,,

When I arrived here in June, it came in to the tank close to 100 degrees, No warm up time on the shower.. Today .. it comes in much cooler and I have to warm up a bit.

You can turn on both gas AND electric for faster recovery on some odels (Atwood for the most part).
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Here is a manual for a 6 gal Suburban Gas/Electric heater. A build up of scale will also cause slow recovery time. If you have not done so, you might want to pull the Anode Rod and drain the heater and see if there is a scale buildup.
Make sure to turn off the Propane & Electric before you drain it.


http://www.livinlite.com/pdf/service...stallation.pdf
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Here is a manual for a 6 gal Suburban Gas/Electric heater. A build up of scale will also cause slow recovery time. If you have not done so, you might want to pull the Anode Rod and drain the heater and see if there is a scale buildup.
Make sure to turn off the Propane & Electric before you drain it.


http://www.livinlite.com/pdf/service...stallation.pdf
And, a good flush will remove nearly all the scale.
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All sage advice. I would also recommend that you flush it yearly.
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Your getting good advice. Also consider that the electric heating element could be coated with scale. They are inexpensive if purchased at Home Depot etc. and are easy to replace if you have drained the tank.

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Here is a handy gizmo for flushing the heater. You might consider pumping in a vinegar solution and let it sit for an hour or so. Then drain and flush to remove the scale.
Pump the vinegar into the heater using the on board water pump in the same way you would pump in pink anti freeze for winterizing.

Amazon.com: rv water heater flush wand: Tools & Home Improvement
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Just flushed my water heater today, It does make a big difference in water temp/
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Wonderful! Thank you all for your help! Now to locate the water heater and figure out the brand etc.
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