10 gallon electric water heater


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Old 12-16-12, 09:16 AM
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10 gallon electric water heater

I am moving my 10 gallon electric water heater from one rv to another. I do not have enough room to install it upright. Can I lay this water heater horizontally?
 
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Old 12-16-12, 09:29 AM
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I highly doubt it. I think some "on demand" heaters can be installed like that...but not a storage tank style.
 
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Old 12-16-12, 09:34 AM
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I agree.....you can't lay it down.
 
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was just hoping that it was possible. the heater I want to replace is just too small for the little lady. Is it that you have to keep water over the element?
 
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Old 12-16-12, 09:42 AM
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What the make and model?

I see no issue except for having a secure base to rest on. But the RV units are often mounted to the side wall.

The main issue would be to reposition the relief valve.

But of course follow the manufactures instructions...

Its all electric and not gas too, correct?
 
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he jusr went to other camper to remove the heater, I believe. At the moment I don't know make or model. It was purchased at Lowes last year. It is only electric, not gas. I know he could make a base but I will have to tell him about relief valve. will resond back with more info, if I get any.
 
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Old 12-16-12, 10:11 AM
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This is not an RV heater?

Its a residential style?
 
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Old 12-16-12, 06:33 PM
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Before proceeding with this.....you also need to consider these factors.

Most 10 gallon heaters have all the fittings etc. on the side.

You would have to install the heater with the water inlet and outlet fittings facing up.

The heating element is usually installed on the same side close to the water fittings.

But....in a normal install.....the heater element would sit in cold water near the bottom.

Now.....it will be off to the side in a vertical position.....drastically reducing the efficiency.

And.....even more importantly.....the thermostat will now be near the top of the tank.

The water will heat up and quickly rise to that very area where it is now located.

It will likely then shut off prematurely......well before it has heated up all the water.


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