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Old 05-21-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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We just bought a ST31BH with both a electric/gas hot water heater. This may be a stupid question but would i here anthing if the tank was on electric? When I throw the switch for gas, I can hear the pilot light then the ingiton of the gas. When I have the switch on electric, I hear nothing. Our last trailer had a gas heater, so I'm just not sure if i'm doing something wrong or that's the way it's suppose to be.





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Old 05-21-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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My trailer has the hot water heater (10 gallon tank) with electric too - running electric only - you will not know when it cycles on and off.
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I run with both on - I think gas gives quicker recover and the electric maintains the water temp so I should be using less propane.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:31 AM   #3
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I generally only use the electric as it is cheaper than gas. Takes a little longer to heat up, but with a ten gallon tank, the wife and I can take a shower, one after the other, and have never run out of hot water. I normally turn it on in the morning, then off after showers til the next day. Water stays fairly hot til bedtime.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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As stated above you won'thear anything when the heater's on electric,so don't be alarmed.

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Old 05-21-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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I leave the electric on. Then switch on the gas too just before I use the shower. Then switch it off when I'm finished. The electric will keep it heated but the gas will keep you from running out of hot water. Maybe I take to many long showers.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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thanks for all the info. So can i keep it on electric all the time, or should I turn it on and off when i'm not using it.
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Leave it on when you are hooked up to power, as long as you have water in there.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:50 AM   #8
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Ditto on nothing with electric. Also, you can cycle much faster with both on...sometimes we turn both on in morning to help turnaround on showers.
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I leave mine on electric all the time when hooked up, have never run out of hot water.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #10
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I turn mine on an off when we are at our snowbird park in the winter and paying for the electricity. If I am not paying for the electric then I leave it on.
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