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Old 12-05-2016, 09:53 PM   #1
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hot water heater

The only stupid question is the one you don't ask...or is it? Can I run my gas heat if my hot water tank is empty? Fire away! I have the Polar Package on our 2016 Jayco White Hawk 25 BHS. We are using it for this coming week so haven't winterized it yet. I emptied the all the tanks including the hot water tank. We are getting an unexpected cold spell and I need to know if I can run the gas heat without water in the hot water tank as long as both the electric and the gas toggle switches are turned off. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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Yes, you are fine running your gas furnace with empty tanks. The two systems are completely separate, except for the fuel source.

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Old 12-05-2016, 10:10 PM   #3
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You shouldn't run your water heater empty; on electric or gas.
Yet, based on what you are saying, it sounds like you may be confused a bit. If both your electric and gas toggle switches are turned off, the water heater will not run.

If you are wanting to run your furnace heater, then the answer is, go ahead and run it. Just be aware, it uses a lot of propane. I assume you are plugged in to shore power, so draining batteries is not an issue.

Though, since you have not winterized it yet but as you say, you have emptied the tanks, I highly recommend you open the low point drains and drain all the lines, and/or blow the lines out.

Yet, in the end, the time you will spend, opening the propane tanks and turning on the heat inside and draining the lines at the low point drains, you may as well take the 15 minutes and winterize it by pumping the pink stuff in the lines and dumping some in the traps, etc.


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You got two different answers which are both correct but be more specific with your question. Which gas heater. Air or water. Your title says hot water heater
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Sorry for the confusion. The title should have read "hot water tank". I just want to know if I can run propane heat inside the coach with hot water tank is empty as long as both the gas/electric mode switches for the hot water are in the off position.
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Sorry for the confusion. The title should have read "hot water tank". I just want to know if I can run propane heat inside the coach with hot water tank is empty as long as both the gas/electric mode switches are in the off position.


Yes, you can run the on board furnace with the switches to the hot water heater turned off. They are two separate systems.


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Thread drift to a pet peeve of mine. The appliance is simply a water heater. Why do people refer to a HOT water heater? If water is hot, it does not need heating!
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Thread drift to a pet peeve of mine. The appliance is simply a water heater. Why do people refer to a HOT water heater? If water is hot, it does not need heating!
My question was answered politely and was very appreciated.. your "pet peeves" are of no concern of mine or for that matter, anyone else's on this site.
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Thread drift to a pet peeve of mine. The appliance is simply a water heater. Why do people refer to a HOT water heater? If water is hot, it does not need heating!
Ahh, yes BUT if the water is already heated, why does it continue to heat it? Ergo, "hot water heater"
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