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Old 08-19-2019, 06:21 PM   #1
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Hi Forum. I've identified a leak coming from my water heater on my 1998 3000 SCR. I don't really use it, but looking for some solutions to keep the capability down the line just in case. Does anybody have experience with products like Bosch Electric Mini-Tank Water Heater Tronic 3000? Cheaper, smaller, and looks to be more efficient than my current Atwood 6 gallon heater. I'd like to use it, wondering what the cons might be?
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:24 PM   #2
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I was in similar situation and just connected the inlet and outlet water lines so no water circulated through the heater and that stopped the leak. I haven't yet to replace mine but I did look at some non marine ones and had concerns about how they would withstand the bilge environment. I believe a specific electric certification is required on electrical devices going near areas where there may be gas fumes. Some models also had plugs and I wasn't comfortable installing an outlet in the bilge. I've made it the season without the hot water so probably going to be a winter project.

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Old 08-19-2019, 11:57 PM   #3
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Do not use non marine equipment in the bilge.
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Old 08-20-2019, 01:53 AM   #4
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The water heater must be ignition protected. I.e. marine. Risk to your life is not worth saving a few dollars.
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What Mike and Phillbo said is very good advise.
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Old 08-20-2019, 04:51 PM   #6
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I had to replace the OEM water heater on my '99. After tearing into it to find what 'broke' I learned...
1) Installation should have something to raise the unit off the deck. Mine didn't and the bottom rusted thru and the salt plus residual water from washing etc had attacked the weld seam where the insulation was damp.
Added 2 pieces of aluminum angle stock to the bottom and 12 years later it's still going strong.
2) Replace the anode regularly.

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Did you attached the angle brace directly to the hot water heater? Just trying to visualize the installation.
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Yes. Wide side of the angle against the case with the bottom of the V pointing down.

-------- Is bottom of heater housing
V.......V Are the two pieces of angle stock



I don't think it would matter what orientation, I just wanted good support for the sheet metal housing and very little contact where water could collect
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