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Old 04-17-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Anyone Convert Gas HW to Electric?

Sitting here in Amarillo, TX.
The wind keeps blowing out my gas HW heater.
I googled converting or adding 120V heater to HW tank.

Anyone tried this?

http://www.ehow.com/how_7815455_conv...-electric.html

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Old 04-17-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
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Doug in Texas!! Hey, I hear they work pretty good but have to keep an eye on when you hook up your power AFTER the water has filled the tank. Not sure if it runs on battery (12v) though but would be nice.
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Hey Doug, I'm down Southwest of you near Hobbs and it is blowing pretty good here too. Supposed to be bringing colder weather again as well.

The idea of converting seems pretty straightforward to me. I don't know how much the element and thermostat cost but you can figure that. The only other thing would be the ease of getting to the 120V power in your trailer. Depending upon where you get your power it might be a good idea (necessary) to add a breaker for the heating element and of course be sure to never turn it on without water.

Since it replaces the drain plug it would be a good idea to leave an easy way to disconnect to allow draining the tank if necessary.

Good Luck with it,

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Old 04-17-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for all the input.
Just something to consider with wind issues.
Definitely still want the ease to drain the HW tank.
The PO put in a new smart convertor, so I am hoping it has an open 110V breaker space.
I know it has 3-4 open 12V fuse slots.

Yep Terry,
A little breezy here. 25mph overnight, but better than being in Oklahoma.

We'll hunker down here until Friday and the weather looks good to stay on schedule to Abequrque, NM.

Not much to look at here in Amarillo. The dog did find a blade of grass to pee on lol

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