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Old 12-02-2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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We had a loss of hot water issue with our Bounder that I thought I'd post in case anyone else has this happen to them.

We started noticing a lack of hot water temperature with our coach last season. I could turn the hot faucet (left the cold closed)in the shower all the way open & just get a medium warm shower. Same effect with the bath & kitchen sinks. I didn't remember it being like this at the start of the season. We usually put the hot water heater on propane to get it heated up, then switch to electric while we're at a campground & only switch back to propane when we have a demand for hot water (like back to back showers). At first, we thought it could be the electric not heating properly, then possibly, the propane. It was taking an awfully long time for the propane to heat up the water - longer than it used to. We tested the hot water (after a heat cycle) with an instant read thermometer & got barely 105-degrees on propane & even less on electric. We figured something might be wrong with the system.

We took the coach to the dealer & they found nothing wrong with the system. However, the tech did say that they closed the faucets in our utility bay (the ones that control the sprayer hose in our grey/black valves bay). They must have been left open after a bay rinse out at some time. I don't understand the how or why, but the tech said that by leaving those faucets open, even though the sprayer was off, it causes the water to loop out to there & cools off the temperature. I wouldn't have believed it, but I happened to test that scenario & sure 'nuf, the hot only water temp was again in that 105-degree range. Once I closed those bay faucets & the water heater cycled, my hot only water temperature was almost 150-degrees.

So, if anyone else notices a drop in their hot water temperature, check those outside faucets to be sure they are closed. They're easy to forget to do once you've stopped using the sprayer & put it back in it's spot.

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Loss of hot water

We had a loss of hot water issue with our Bounder that I thought I'd post in case anyone else has this happen to them.

We started noticing a lack of hot water temperature with our coach last season. I could turn the hot faucet (left the cold closed)in the shower all the way open & just get a medium warm shower. Same effect with the bath & kitchen sinks. I didn't remember it being like this at the start of the season. We usually put the hot water heater on propane to get it heated up, then switch to electric while we're at a campground & only switch back to propane when we have a demand for hot water (like back to back showers). At first, we thought it could be the electric not heating properly, then possibly, the propane. It was taking an awfully long time for the propane to heat up the water - longer than it used to. We tested the hot water (after a heat cycle) with an instant read thermometer & got barely 105-degrees on propane & even less on electric. We figured something might be wrong with the system.

We took the coach to the dealer & they found nothing wrong with the system. However, the tech did say that they closed the faucets in our utility bay (the ones that control the sprayer hose in our grey/black valves bay). They must have been left open after a bay rinse out at some time. I don't understand the how or why, but the tech said that by leaving those faucets open, even though the sprayer was off, it causes the water to loop out to there & cools off the temperature. I wouldn't have believed it, but I happened to test that scenario & sure 'nuf, the hot only water temp was again in that 105-degree range. Once I closed those bay faucets & the water heater cycled, my hot only water temperature was almost 150-degrees.

So, if anyone else notices a drop in their hot water temperature, check those outside faucets to be sure they are closed. They're easy to forget to do once you've stopped using the sprayer & put it back in it's spot.

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Leaving the shower faucets turned on will cause the same problem. We were using the control on the shower head to turn the water off and on before we discovered it causes the hot and cold to mix. The result is luke warm water.
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