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Old 08-08-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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Leave water heater switch on?

Our water heater will operate on gas or electricity. when plugged into shore power is it ok to leave the electric switch on all of the time? will it cause any damage to the heater if we leave it on?
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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If we are parked where electric is included in site cost, we leave the water heater electric on. We turn the gas portion on, also, when we need quick recovery like back to back showers. When we are parked in a metered electric spot we do not use electric and turn gas on as needed.
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I sure hope not because I have been doing it for years. I turn the electric switch to the water heater on after I get plugged in. When I take a shower I also turn the gas switch on since I frequently run out of hot water if I don't. I turn it off as soon as I get out of the shower. When I get ready to leave a campsite, turning off the electric switch is on my checklist.
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Our water heater will operate on gas or electricity. when plugged into shore power is it ok to leave the electric switch on all of the time? will it cause any damage to the heater if we leave it on?
There's several things to think about. I put mine on timers. Conserves power usage. In the heat of the summer when your running 2 air conditioning units, chargers, tv's plus, you may not want that wtr htr on all the time. I have mine on at 5-7am 3-5pm, and 7-8pm...just when you need it. When everyone takes advantage of the electric because it's included in your fee. Your fees will go up!
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We typically turn it on when needed, has a pretty fast rise time.
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Our water heater will operate on gas or electricity. when plugged into shore power is it ok to leave the electric switch on all of the time? will it cause any damage to the heater if we leave it on?
I only turn mine on (electric and propane) when needed. I does not take long to heat up the water.
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Ours is always on when we're connected to shore power. We'll also turn on the gas when we're going to take back to back showers.

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I run electric when plugged in. I have kids so there is always a need for hot water through day. I never run propane cause it cost extra. I don't even turn on the tanks most times.
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I have a ten-gal tank w/ 20 minute recovery. I leave electric element on during evening, try to remember to turn it off overnight to conserve a little bit (and I do forget, but I try.) You won't hurt your equipment by leaving it on 24/7, but it is a little wasteful, IMHO.
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Thanks for all of your responses!!!! I have done most of all of the ideas at different times and never felt comfortable with my lack on knowledge on what i should/should not be doing. what a wonderful site this is and all of you people so willing to share your knowledge/info!!! THANKS!
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The only time it should be a problem is if the tank has been drained and there's no water around the element.
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Only on hn Needed. Stays hot for long time. Have never needed electric and propane on at same time. Seldom use propane at all.
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We only turn on our water heater when needed - doesn't take long to heat up. If we are in a hurry we turn on both electric and propane.

In addition to conserving electricity/propane, I see no reason to increase the risk of a fire when the heater isn't needed - especially while we're sleeping. And yes, I know the risk is very, very small but there is still a greater risk of fire when the heater is on than when it isn't.
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