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Old 09-09-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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running gas and electric same time

Read recently someone was running the gas and electric water heater at the same time to keep up with multiple showers..

Is that smart?? does it work?? How many people are doing this??

I never thought to do this.

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Old 09-09-2014, 09:00 PM   #2
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I think most people do it just for the reason you described.
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I think most people do it just for the reason you described.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #4
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We run both at shower time. Just electric at other times.


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Run both anytime we're hooked to shore power.
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We run both at shower time. Just electric at other times.


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Same here!
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:43 PM   #7
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Same here unless it's just one shower. Then electric will do.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:48 PM   #8
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Yes and I posted that before as well, nice hot water!! Gas only comes on when it has too.
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In our old travel trailer (Atwood water heater), we would occasionally use both at the same time...but most of the time we just ran on electric when on shore power or gas when no shore power.

With the Wildcat (suburban water heater), we tried running with only the electric on (outside switch on tank) but found that for the electric to work we have to have the main inside switch (and gas) on or the electric doesn't work.

My understanding with the suburban water heater is that the gas will kick on whenever there is a high demand and the electric will keep the water warm during no use or low use times. I asked the dealer for clarification, but didn't really get a definitive answer. Maybe I've misinterpreted the owner's manual explanation of how it operates...or maybe my electric function isn't actually working?
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