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Old 09-12-2021, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hurricane heater

What is the difference between a Hurricane heater and an aqua hot? Can a Hurricane be removed and replace with a different brand Hydonic ( I believe is the term) heater?
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Old 09-12-2021, 10:00 AM   #2
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heater

Not sure what your issue is but we had a Hurricane in a previous coach and always found great support from ITR.

The attached Google search may lead you to a decision. The Hurricane is big jn the liveaboard boat community, it was only used a little bit in the RV business so techs are pretty much no-existent today. If you are a little mechanical you can pretty much do it yourself... that's why it survives today. Simple machine...much more so than Aquahots.

https://www.google.com/search?q=hurr...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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Aqua Hot = $10,000 plus labor.
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Old 09-12-2021, 01:27 PM   #4
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Basically they are the same. Both heat coolant to heat the coach. Some have the added feature of heating fresh water for use in the coach. Yes, you change out the Hurricane for another brand of heater
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Old 09-12-2021, 10:33 PM   #5
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Hurricanes are made by International Thermal Research. The analogous ITR unit to an Aqua Hot is the Oasis. Yes they are both hydronic heaters but the ITR products use a very different low pressure burner system and have very different engineering. In my opinion they have much better diagnostics than AH and are much easier for an owner to repair. They are designed to be owner serviceable. I have a Hurricane with almost 4,000 hours that I have maintained and repaired for 13 years. I am currently attempting to repair an Aqua Hot for a friend. This is the second one I've worked on. They are not fun.
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As has been mentioned, the Hurricane is simpler and more service-friendly. If you travel to/through southern Washington State, the ITR facility offers service at very reasonable prices.

If not mentioned already, I will add that the Hurricane takes up less space.

I've owned both and much prefer the Hurricane.

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Thanks everyone you have Placed my mind at ease . I will delve into this one and give it more of a chance.
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We have the same coach. When I bought the coach the Hurricane didn't work. I replaced the rotten fuel lines mow it works exactly as designed and always does the job when it is called for. A good machine.
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Old 09-17-2021, 01:42 PM   #9
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One problem I had, the unit would flame out every once in awhile.

While coming out of Mexico, I managed to catch the exhaust pipe on a barricade which caused me to replace tail pipe and muffler. When I turned the muffler on end, a pile of rusted metal came pouring out so I replaced muffler along with the bent pipe. Machine runs great now and I think the muffler was partially plugged with the rusted guts.
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If you can change spark plugs and filters on your car, you can service your Hurricane. I did my yearly service this summer and it took me a little over an hour. Part of that time is clearing out the compartment to access the heater,and removing the shield around the unit. Only takes simple tools and a can of carburetor cleaner.

Most common problems are caused by a dirty burner nozzle, bad nozzle O ring, dirty burner assembly, or air in the fuel line. A common place for air to get in the line is an old cracked rubber line near the fuel tank. With use unburnt fuel goo gathers on the nozzle tip causing an irregular flame and if thick enough, flame out or hard starting. Carbon can build up in the burner air channels can cause similar symptoms. You can usually tell when this is happening by a change in the sound of the burner. It should give a pretty steady roar. A clogged fuel nozzle or air passages will make the flame look like it's dancing around too much or unsteady when viewed through the burner window.

Depending on how much you use the unit, or if you full time, it's recommended you carry a 3 or 5 year service kit that contains air and fuel filters, a spare burner nozzle, sintered nozzle filter and O ring, an ignitor, and flame sensor. Cost for the kit is around $400. You'll need to know what model it is.

I also suggest you bookmark the ITR website. They can help you troubleshoot over the phone. https://itrheat.com/
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