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Old 09-12-2013, 10:38   #16
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Re: Heat Exchanger ONLY Water Heater

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Good idea, Jim. Based on recent input on our C34 Forum, these heaters last anywhere from 10-15 years. Mine went 16. That's less than $25 a year!

Also, FWIW, two other things:

1 Don't leave the power on all the time. Just use it for anywhere from 15-30 minutes to heat the water, then turn it off. While there is a thermostat in most units, why "overheat" the water unnecessarily?

2 Get in the habit of using the HOT water faucet even if you don't have hot water - it keeps the water moving through the coils in the heater and avoid the rotten egg syndrome.
Coils in the heater? Arent they just a tank with a 120v electrode to heat the water? To move water thru the heat exchanger loop you need to run the engine... turning on the hot water doesnt do that....
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Coils in the heater? Arent they just a tank with a 120v electrode to heat the water? To move water thru the heat exchanger loop you need to run the engine... turning on the hot water doesnt do that....
He means use the fresh water from the heater so it doesn't get stale. Hot water grows critters easily and so using the water keeps them at bay.
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Re: Heat Exchanger ONLY Water Heater

Ah... I see... the "coils" threw me off!
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