Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation sailski. I do understand the charging
regime is not ideal but as I stated above, all on board plugs and appliances
are running on either 12v from the batteries ( fridges, lights, pumps) or 220V from the inverter
, (power sockets) for computer charging
etc. The battery
chargers automatically run on 220V or 110V ( christec 40A x 2 ) so this leaves the water
heater which can be switched on or off at the panel.
From the information here I understand it's fine to run the water
heater and given my experience with the water being very hot and steamy and discoloured, I'm guessing it was more to do with some air being in the tank or possibly the thermostat needs adjusting. On two previous occasions when the water heater was heated by the engine
, the pressure relief valve opened and sent a few litres of water into the bilges. From the link above I see that the temperature can be adjusted using a gate valve so I will look into that if it continues to open the relief valve. Thanks again for all the input.
Btw, some people would suggest having an expert diagnose systems and wiring
etc, but from my experience the information found on CF is usually a lot more professional and accurate than the many technicians and experts we have come across in our travels. So short of being located somewhere where I would have absolute faith in the technician, such as mainsail
or goatboatingnow amount others, CF is the best I can do. Occasional reading between the posts and clarifying answers is required and the good thing is we all learn from the experts in their various fields, so, thanks again !
Oh btw, I did also look at connecting to a 220V outlet with a 220V, 50A adaptor and wiring
the 2 terminals together as suggested, which sounds fine for my purposes, however it was mentioned that the circuits may not trip as they're supposed to, as well as it being illegal to run it that way. The next option would be a step down transformer which I guess is around $1000 plus installation
. I will consider that option if the need arises and if we spend more time in 110V waters...