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Old 05-22-2020, 05:43 AM   #1
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AquaHot Water on Electric

For the previous year, we have used only electric to heat our hot water. No problems.


Now it seems that we run out of hot water sooner than the last year. What do you suppose could cause the electric side of the hot water to become less efficient ?


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Is your water colder than normal coming in from the source? If your are in the north right now, its colder than normal. Heck, it snowed here in Pennsylvania two weeks ago..!
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Is your water colder than normal coming in from the source? If your are in the north right now, its colder than normal. Heck, it snowed here in Pennsylvania two weeks ago..!

I didn't think of that. The Florida water is warm and I am now up north in Ohio.
Thanks, I feel better about it now.


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For the previous year, we have used only electric to heat our hot water. No problems.


Now it seems that we run out of hot water sooner than the last year. What do you suppose could cause the electric side of the hot water to become less efficient ?


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Can't believe you don't need the diesel to shower! Just this morning I forgot to turn on the diesel heat and the hot water only lasted about 2 minutes. Other than that the electric heat works fine for dishes and laundry and hand washing.
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Can't believe you don't need the diesel to shower! Just this morning I forgot to turn on the diesel heat and the hot water only lasted about 2 minutes. Other than that the electric heat works fine for dishes and laundry and hand washing.

In Florida, water out of the ground is warm to the touch. Not so up in Ohio.




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You didn't say what you have for an AquaHot, and there are differences, so what I say will be sort of guess based on the coach.

I have a smaller AquaHot with one electric element, my wife takes a shower and when she's finished in the bathroom, I take a shower, all on the electric setting.

You should have two electric elements, possibly one is now defective causing the change in the volume of hot water. Another thing may be the circulation pump that circulates the hot boiler tank fluid around to heat the domestic water coils. If it is not working, the hot water will turn into cool water much quicker.
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He makes Laurie take the SECOND shower I bet!
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Can't believe you don't need the diesel to shower! Just this morning I forgot to turn on the diesel heat and the hot water only lasted about 2 minutes. Other than that the electric heat works fine for dishes and laundry and hand washing.
Hi Gary,

Interesting fact: the washing machine installed in '18 Anthems (not sure about other years/models)is a Whirlpool WFW3090GW which has only one cold water hose. No coach supplied hot water to the washer. The washer has its own, internal water heating element.

You might be able to win a beer bet with that fact.

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He makes Laurie take the SECOND shower I bet!

Ouch. I really didn't think she would tell anyone.



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You didn't say what you have for an AquaHot, and there are differences, so what I say will be sort of guess based on the coach.

I have a smaller AquaHot with one electric element, my wife takes a shower and when she's finished in the bathroom, I take a shower, all on the electric setting.

You should have two electric elements, possibly one is now defective causing the change in the volume of hot water. Another thing may be the circulation pump that circulates the hot boiler tank fluid around to heat the domestic water coils. If it is not working, the hot water will turn into cool water much quicker.

It's a 400D


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I have a aqua hot 450 D and it says that the electric will only work above 50f or so.
I’m not too sure but it’s in the manual what the minimal ambient temperature is to run the electric. It’s not going to work in the 40s that I know for sure.
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The electric element works in any temperature. It doesn’t do enough in colder temperatures to be used by itself, but it will assist your diesel burner and decrease your fuel usage in any temperature conditions.
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From the Aqua-Hot manual...
“The electric element provides heat when moderate temperatures exist (50°F or higher) and/or when there is a low demand for hot water”
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From the Aqua-Hot manual...
“The electric element provides heat when moderate temperatures exist (50°F or higher) and/or when there is a low demand for hot water”
I agree with MRUSA14 about the electric element being on anytime. To prove this you can look at the current being drawn on the control panel when you turn on the electric element.

A 400D in a 44' Entegra is a bit of a surprise, I would have expected something larger. The 400D has one electric element and has no engine heat loop.

What JBuchanan77 posted is most likely also correct. It just depends on how you interpret the statement. There are two different parts to the statement:

First, (The element provides heat when there is a low demand for hot water.) Example: This "heat" is for hot water, and my taking a shower may be considered a low demand for hot water and why I can take a shower on electric with no problem.

Second, (The element provides heat when moderate temperatures exist (50*F or higher.) I think "heat" here is what's needed to keep the interior of the coach warm. The 1500W element puts out about 5000btu of heat and won't do much to heat the interior of a 44' coach when it's below 50*F. The statement doesn't specifically say the element doesn't turn on below 50*F.

I think the statement from Aqua-Hot is very poorly written.
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