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Old 11-27-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Idiot Alert!!!

While my wife and I off camping this fall I committed the cardinal sin of hotwater tank abuse. I ran the propane without water in the tank. Let this be a lesson to all newbies, just because water comes out of the hot water tank doesn't mean there is water in the tank, better you should go out and and check the pressure relief valve to make sure. Check the bypass valves too. The electric side of our tank served us well for the rest of the trip but I'm wondering what damage might have been done to the propane side.

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Old 11-27-2014, 11:28 PM   #2
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Al, I wouldn't be so quick as to call yourself an idiot. We have all made mistakes that bit in the pocket book. And sometimes the tuition can get kind of high. But by sharing on this forum, you have probably saved a lot of other of us newbies to be from grief. I have been taking notes on a lot of this for our upcoming build. Loren
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:31 PM   #3
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I will def have to pay attention at my orientation.

And checklist by front door.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:36 PM   #4
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Try the propane setting, chances are everything is OK.
Don't ask how I know...

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Old 11-27-2014, 11:36 PM   #5
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Before freaking out, try the reset button on the hot water.
I think its the button on the right, or just press both of them.
It worked for my buddy who turned on his water heater with no water.
Located outside where the anode and relief valve are.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:50 PM   #6
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While my wife and I off camping this fall I committed the cardinal sin of hotwater tank abuse. I ran the propane without water in the tank. Let this be a lesson to all newbies, just because water comes out of the hot water tank doesn't mean there is water in the tank, better you should go out and and check the pressure relief valve to make sure. Check the bypass valves too. The electric side of our tank served us well for the rest of the trip but I'm wondering what damage might have been done to the propane side.

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Hi: Not so Big Al... I'm right there with you... only I did it with the electric side. Burnt the element through. $16.50 + labour!!! WHEW!!! Alf
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:24 AM   #7
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Propane doesn't burn hot enough to cause any metal damage. You should be fine - I've never had a barbecue grill melt.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:33 AM   #8
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We did try resetting the the tank but no dice. We are holding out hope that if the electrical side works fine the propane should be easily repairable.
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You guys are all an inspiration.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:52 AM   #10
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If it still holds water - and apparently it does - I doubt it's dead. It's the tank, rather than the burner, which is at risk when run dry.

If that was the worst thing I had ever done, I would be very happy.
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