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Aqua-Hot 400-LP Owner`s manual
400-LP
OWNER’S MANUAL
WARNING: If the information in these instructions is
not followed exactly, a fire or explosion may result
causing property damage, personal injury, or death.
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Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other
appliance.
AVERTISSEMENT. Assurez-vous de bien suivre les
instructions données dans cette notice pour réduire
au minimum le risque d’incendie ou d’explosion ou
pour éviter tout dommage matériel, toute blessure ou
la mort.
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Ne pas entreposer ni utiliser d’essence ou ni d’autres vapeurs ou liquides inflammables à proximité
de cet appareil ou de tout autre appareil.
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QUE FAIRE SI VOUS SENTEZ UNE ODEUR DE GAZ :
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS
• Evacuate all persons from the vehicle.
• Shut off the gas supply at the gas container or
source.
• Do not touch any electrical switch or use any
phone or radio in the vehicle.
• Do not start the vehicle’s engine or electric
generator.
• Contact the nearest gas supplier or qualified
service technician for repairs.
• If you cannot reach a gas supplier or qualified
service technician, contact the nearest fire
department.
• Do not turn on the gas supply until the gas leak(s)
has been repaired.
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Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency, or the gas supplier.
• Évacuez le véhicule.
• Coupez l’alimentation en gaz au réservoir ou à la
source.
• Ne touchez à aucun interrupteur ; ne pas vous
servir du téléphone ou de la radio du véhicule.
• Ne pas démarrer le moteur du véhicule ni aucune
génératrice électrique.
• Appelez le fournisseur de gaz le plus proche ou
un technicien qualifié.
• Si vous ne pouvez rejoindre ni un fournisseur ni
un technicien qualifié, appelez le service des
incendies le plus proche.
• Ne pas rétablir l’alimentation en gaz tant que la
fuite n’a pas été réparée.
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L’installation et l’entretien doivent être assurés par
un installateur ou un service d’entretien qualifié ou
par le fournisseur de gaz.
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Comfort Zone #1: Comfortable Cabin Heat.
Get heat where you want it, when you want it! Because the Aqua-Hot system heats by zones, your bedroom, living room, and bathroom can be custom temperatures. And don’t hesitate to crank up the heat,
because the Aqua-Hot system doesn’t remove moisture from the air. From now on, you will have to
blame the dry skin and itchy eyes on Mother Nature!
Comfort Zone #2: Quiet Operation
Say goodbye to rude awakenings from the forced air furnace, you’re an Aqua-Hot owner now! The AquaHot is quiet when operating, so you’ll never have to turn up the TV, yell across the room, or have an interrupted night of sleep again due to your heating system.
Comfort Zone #3: Continuous, On-Demand Hot Water
Take long, guilt free showers knowing there is no recovery time for the next shower or load of laundry.
The freedom to take a shower when you want makes your RV experience feel much more like home.
Comfort Zone #4: Low Emissions
Aqua-Hot’s new low emission systems are fumeless and odorless. It’s good for you,
good for your neighbor, and good for the environment.
Comfort Zone #5: Over 160 Factory-Trained Service Centers
You won’t need to service your Aqua-Hot often, but when you do, you can be confident in our Certified
Service Centers that are close by and trained to assist you with all of your Aqua-Hot specific needs.
Comfort Zone #6: Adds Value
The NADA Recreational Vehicle Guide lists Aqua-Hot as adding thousands of dollars to the value of an
RV. That value will pay off when it’s time to trade up or sell.
Comfort Zone #6: Low fuel Costs
There’s no need to burn propane each time heat or hot water is needed. Aqua-Hot’s TribridHot technology powers the Aqua-Hot system by pulling heat from one or a combination of heat sources. When shore
power is available, simply plug it in. When dry-camping or in very cold conditions, use the Diesel Burner.
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CA U T I O N :
Before welding or plasma cutting on any
coach, it is necessary to disconnect the
electric wiring to the Aqua-Hot System.
Failure to disconnect the wires from the
Aqua-Hot System before using a welder or a
plasma cutter on the coach may cause damage to the Aqua-Hot.
WA R N I N G !
You must winterize the Aqua-Hot when
freezing temperatures are present if the Aqua-Hot is turned off. This includes when the
coach is being used and the electrical element and burner switch are in the off position, or when the coach is in storage.
Not winterizing the Aqua-Hot when the
aforementioned conditions are present will
result in serious damage to the Aqua-Hot’s
Domestic Water Heating System, requiring
complete system replacement not covered
under the Aqua-Hot warranty.
AVERTISSEMENT. Assurez-vous de bien suivre les
instructions données dans cette notice pour réduire
au minimum le risque d’incendie ou d’explosion ou
pour éviter tout dommage matériel, toute blessure ou
la mort.
WARNING: If the information in these instructions is
not followed exactly, a fire or explosion may result
causing property damage, personal injury, or death.
—
—
Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable
vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other
appliance.
—
Ne pas entreposer ni utiliser d’essence ou ni d’autres vapeurs ou liquides inflammables à proximité
de cet appareil ou de tout autre appareil.
—
QUE FAIRE SI VOUS SENTEZ UNE ODEUR DE GAZ :
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS
• Evacuate all persons from the vehicle.
• Shut off the gas supply at the gas container or
source.
• Do not touch any electrical switch or use any
phone or radio in the vehicle.
• Do not start the vehicle’s engine or electric
generator.
• Contact the nearest gas supplier or qualified
service technician for repairs.
• If you cannot reach a gas supplier or qualified
service technician, contact the nearest fire
department.
• Do not turn on the gas supply until the gas leak(s)
has been repaired.
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Installation and service must be performed by a
qualified installer, service agency, or the gas
supplier.
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• Évacuez le véhicule.
• Coupez l’alimentation en gaz au réservoir ou à la
source.
• Ne touchez à aucun interrupteur ; ne pas vous
servir du téléphone ou de la radio du véhicule.
• Ne pas démarrer le moteur du véhicule ni aucune
génératrice électrique.
• Appelez le fournisseur de gaz le plus proche ou
un technicien qualifié.
• Si vous ne pouvez rejoindre ni un fournisseur ni
un technicien qualifié, appelez le service des
incendies le plus proche.
• Ne pas rétablir l’alimentation en gaz tant que la
fuite n’a pas été réparée.
—
L’installation et l’entretien doivent être assurés par
un installateur ou un service d’entretien qualifié ou
par le fournisseur de gaz.
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TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
Introduction
Introduction to the Aqua-Hot Hydronic Heating System .............................................. Page 6
Operating Instructions
Activating the Aqua-Hot Heating System .................................................................... Page 9
Zone Thermostat Operation ........................................................................................ Page 11
Using the Domestic Water Heating System ................................................................ Page 11
Aqua-Hot Operational Flow Chart ............................................................................... Page 12
Maintenance
Monthly Maintenance .................................................................................................. Page 13
Replenishing the Antifreeze and Water Heating Solution ............................................ Page 13
Annual Maintenance ................................................................................................... Page 13
Winterization
Winterizing the Domestic Water Heating System ........................................................ Page 14
De-Winterizing the Domestic Water Heating System .................................................. Page 14
Troubleshooting
General Information .................................................................................................... Page 15
Appendices
Appendix A:
Appendix B:
Appendix C:
Appendix D:
Antifreeze Types .................................................................................... Page 17
Antifreeze Mixture Water Quality Recommendations ............................. Page 17
Antifreeze Terms and Mixture Ratio....................................................... Page 17-18
Measuring Propylene Glycol Using a Refractometer .............................. Page 19
Warranty
Limited Warranty Statement........................................................................................ Page 24
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INTRODUCTION
The Aqua-Hot Heating System is a Low Emissions Hydronic Heating System (heating with hot water) that significantly improves your level of comfort, is good for the
environment and adds thousands of dollars in value to
your RV.
The Aqua-Hot Heating System is actually three systems in one:
 Interior heating system providing quiet, comfortable
interior heat with independent temperature zones that
provide cabin-wide even temperatures.
 Bay heating system keeps pipes and tanks from
freezing in the bay storage area.
 Tank-less hot water system provides a steady flow of
continuous hot water.
Your Aqua-Hot System is powered by using one or a
combination of sources:
 The 120v AC Electric Element: When plugged into
shore power, the electric element lets you use the
power you are already paying for to provide interior
heat and meet your light duty hot water needs.
 The Burner: The Aqua-Hot’s most powerful heat
source provides all of your heating and hot water
needs in really cold temperatures or when dry camping.
DA N G E R !
INDICATES THAT PERSONAL INJURY IS LIKELY OR IMMINENT.
WA R N I N G !
Indicates that serious damage to the heater will occur
and personal injury is possible as well.
CA U T I O N :
Indicates that damage to the heater is possible.
NOTE: Indicates information that requires special attention by
the operator.
Aqua-Hot I.D. Label
You can even combine power sources. TribridHot™. It’s
technology at it’s warmest.
This manual should be maintained in legible condition and kept in a safe, easily-accessible location for
future reference.
Please read the complete Owner’s Manual prior to
operating the Aqua-Hot Hydronic Heating System.
Also, be sure to fill out and mail in the “Warranty
Registration” card Included in this manual.
NOTE: This Aqua-Hot product utilizes a propylene glycol
based antifreeze and water heating solution. This
propylene glycol based solution is a Boiler type
antifreeze that is “Generally Recognized as
Safe” (GRAS) by the FDA. For additional information
regarding this “GRAS” antifreeze product, please
reference Appendix A, contact the Aqua-Hot Heating
Systems Technical Support Department at
1-800-685-4298, or visit the web site at
www.aquahot.com.
Danger, Warning, Caution, and Note Boxes:
Danger, Warning, Caution, and Note boxes appear
throughout this manual as a means of alerting the operator to important information.
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55,331 BTU/HR 16.2kWh
400
Figure 1
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INTRODUCTION
Heating Zone 2
Outlet Port
Heating Zone 1
Outlet Port
Wiring Harness and
Harness Port
Propane Inlet
Ball Valve
AC Terminal
Port
Propane
Burner
Controls
AC Terminal
Block
VAC Access
Panel
Propane
Burner
Drain Valve
Zone 1
Circulation
Pump
Zone 2
Circulation
Pump
Figure 2
Figure 3
Domestic Cold
Water Inlet
Domestic Hot
Water Outlet
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INTRODUCTION
Figure 4
Expansion Tank
Connection
Air Release
Valve
Zone 1 and 2
Inlet Ports
Zone 1 and 2
Outlet Ports
AC Wiring Port
Fuel
Inlet Port
Wiring Harness Port
WARNING!
The Aqua-Hot tank and heating loop
operate at 0.0 psi (zero pressure system).
Air pressure applied to the tank MUST
NOT exceed 20 psi. Excess pressure will
result in internal damage.
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
WA R N I N G !
The Aqua-Hot’s Exhaust is HOT!
DO NOT park in areas where dry conditions exist underneath the vehicle as a fire may result (i.e., in a dry,
grassy field)!
DO NOT operate the Aqua-Hot’s Burner inside an enclosed building!
The Heater must be switched OFF when refueling.
CA U T I O N :
DO NOT operate the Burner and/or Electric Heating Element without the antifreeze and water heating solution in
the Aqua-Hot’s Boiler Tank. Failure to do so will cause
serious damage to the Heater.
Activating the Aqua-Hot Heating System:
Burner:
Turn the Burner switch ON; reference Figure 4. This procedure will activate the Burner and the indicator light for
the Burner switch. Allow 10-20 minutes for the Aqua-Hot
System to reach operating temperature. Please note that
the Burner is the primary heat source for heating both
the interior and the domestic hot water (such as when
cool ambient temperatures exist and/or when there is a
high demand for domestic hot water).
Electric Heating Element:
Turn the Electric switch ON; reference Figure 4. This procedure will activate the 120 Volt-AC Electric Heating Element and the indicator light located adjacent to the Electric switch. Allow 1-2 hours for the Aqua-Hot System to
reach operating temperature.
Figure 4
Indicator
Light
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Zone Thermostat Operation
Figure 5
Interior Room Thermostat:
Simply adjust each Interior Room Thermostat to the desired temperature. Then, whenever an Interior Room
Thermostat “calls for heat,” the Aqua-Hot’s Circulation
Pump and Interior Heat Exchanger Fans will be activated. These devices, together, will supply warmth and
comfort to each interior heating zone. The Aqua-Hot
must be at operating temperature in order for the
zones to function. Please contact the specific motor
home manufacturer for the exact location of the Interior
Room Thermostats.
Fresh Water Tank Thermostat:
Simply adjust the Thermostat for Bay Heating to a minimum of 40°F. This will prevent freezing of the domestic
water storage system. Please contact the specific motor
home manufacturer for the exact location of the Fresh
Water Tank Thermostat.
Indicator
Light
Burner switch must
be ON to obtain a
continuous supply of
hot water.
Activate the Electric
switch for maximum
hot water capacity.
Using the Domestic Water Heating System
When the Aqua-Hot is at operating temperature, the domestic water is automatically heated as it is being used.
Because the Aqua-Hot does not store any hot water,
simply open any hot water faucet and a continuous supply of domestic hot water will be present within a few
seconds. This hot water feature is continuous and is
accomplished by the Aqua-Hot’s Domestic Water Heating System. The Burner switch on the Interior Switch
Panel must be ON in order to obtain a continuous supply
of hot water (e.g., during showers); be sure to also activate the Electric Element switch for maximum hot water
capacity. Reference Figure 5.
NOTE: The Aqua-Hot’s “Domestic Water Priority System”
disables the interior zone heating fans and the zone
circulation pumps whenever domestic hot water is
being used on a continuous basis (e.g., during showers). Once the demand for continuous domestic hot
water ceases, the Aqua-Hot will enable the fans and
the pumps to operate and provide heat to the Heating Zones.
NOTE: Both the Burner and Electric Heating Element are
thermostatically controlled. Either or both heating
sources will automatically maintain the temperature
of the Aqua-Hot’s antifreeze and water heating solution between approximately 160⁰F and 190⁰F(±5).
Therefore, to heat the motorhome/domestic hot water, simply choose the desired heat source(s) and
leave the switch(es) (i.e., Burner and or Electric
Element) ON.
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Aqua-Hot Operational
Flowchart
Heat source is selected from the
Interior Switch Panel.
Burner is activated by the
Burner switch.
Electric Heating Element is
activated by the Electric
switch.
The Boiler Tank heats the
antifreeze and water heating solution to 190*F.
Heating Zone Thermostat
calls for heat.
A hot water faucet (e.g.,
kitchen sink, shower, etc.) is
opened.
The heated antifreeze and
water heating solution flows
through the Hydronic Heating System transferring
heat to the heat exchanger,
which is then transferred to
the surrounding zone.
Continuous hot water is
supplied to the faucet.
The cooled antifreeze and water
heating solution is returned to the
boiler tank to be reheated.
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MAINTENANCE
DA N G E R !
WHEN THE AQUA-HOT IS AT MAXIMUM OPERATING TEMPERATURE, THE COOLANT WILL BE VERY HOT! IF THE AQUAHOT’S HEATING SYSTEM IS ACCESSED, SCALDING BY HOT
VAPOR OR COOLANT COULD RESULT! BEFORE CLEANING
OR SERVICING, DISCONNECT ALL POWER SUPPLIES!
WA R N I N G !
DO NOT operate the Burner and/or the Electric Heating Element without the antifreeze and water heating
solution in the Aqua-Hot’s Boiler Tank; doing so will
cause serious damage to the Heater.
Propylene Glycol that is “Generally Recognized As
Safe” by the FDA must be utilized for the antifreeze
and water heating solution.
NOTE: For additional information regarding this propylene
glycol-based, boiler-type antifreeze that has been
“Generally Recognized As Safe” by the FDA, please
reference Appendix A, contact Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Technical Support Department at 1-800-6854298, or visit the Web site at www.aquahot.com.
Maintenance Schedule
Monthly Maintenance:
Check the Aqua-Hot’s antifreeze and water heating solution to ensure that it is at the proper level. This can be
accomplished by visually checking the coolant level in the
Aqua-Hot’s Expansion Tank; reference Figure 6. Please
note that the coolant level should be checked only when
the Aqua-Hot is at maximum operating temperature (i.e.,
immediately after the Burner cycles OFF). When maximum operating temperature, the antifreeze and water
heating solution should be at the level marked “HOT” on
the Expansion Tank.
Replenishing the Antifreeze and Water Heating
Solution:
If the antifreeze and water heating solution needs replenishing, remove the Expansion Tank’s cap and fill the Expansion Tank to the “HOT” level mark. When refilling,
open the Air Release Valve located on the Expansion
Tank Connection to release air pockets; reference Figure
7. Hold the valve open until all air is released. If necessary, refill the Expansion Tank again. Be sure the valve is
closed when finished by hand-tightening. Reference Appendices A through C in order to determine the correct
ratio of antifreeze to water, the proper type of antifreeze,
and the water quality recommendations for the Aqua-Hot
Hydronic Heating System’s antifreeze and water heating
solution. Reference Appendix D for the proper tool and
instructions for usage in measuring the system’s antifreeze mixture ratio.
Annual Maintenance:
No annual maintenance is required above the normal
monthly maintenance. Reference the Aqua-Hot’s Service
and Parts Manual for spare parts information and detailed
replacement instructions, contact the Aqua-Hot Heating
Systems Technical Support Department at 1-800-6854298 for assistance or to locate the nearest Aqua-Hot
Service
Center,
or
visit the Web site at
www.aquahot.com.
Fluid will reach
Expansion Tank
line when hot
Expansion
Tank Cap
Run the interior heating zones until you feel warm air
blowing out the heat exchangers. This will prevent the
zone check valves from failing prematurely.
Run the burner once a month. This will ensure proper
operation of the burner.
Figure 6
Figure 7
Air-Release
Valve
Expansion Tank
Connection
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WINTERIZATION
WA R N I N G !
Not winterizing the Aqua-Hot when freezing temperatures are present will result in serious damage to the
Aqua-Hot’s Domestic Water Heating System. Also,
be sure to use an FDA approved, “GRAS” rated antifreeze for winterization.
NOTE: The Aqua-Hot can continue to be used for interior
zone heating once the domestic water heating system
has been drained and winterized.
The Aqua-Hot’s Domestic Water Heating System must be
completely drained of domestic water any time the heater
is stored where freezing temperatures may be experienced.
Winterizing the Domestic Water Heating System:
Please follow these instructions when winterizing the
Aqua-Hot’s Domestic Water Heating System; reference
Figure 9:
De-Winterizing the Domestic Water Heating System:
For de-winterization, completely fill the fresh water storage tank. Open and close all interior and exterior water
faucets, one at a time, until only clear water is present/
visible. Reference Figure 9.
If disinfecting the potable water system after dewinterizing, be sure to follow RVIA’s “Instructions for
Disinfection of Potable Water Systems on Recreation
Vehicles.” These instructions can be obtained by contacting the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association at
(703) 620-6003, visiting them online at www.rvia.com,
or writing to them at the following address:
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
1896 Preston White Drive
P.O. Box 2999
Reston, VA 20195-0999
Figure 9
1. Completely drain the fresh water storage tank.
2. Disconnect the domestic water demand pump’s suction line from the fresh water storage tank.
3. Attach an adequate piece of hose onto the suction
side of the domestic water demand pump.
4. Place the opposite end of the hose into an adequate
supply of FDA-approved “GRAS” RV Antifreeze.
5. Open and close all interior and exterior water faucets, one at a time, until only pure RV Antifreeze is
present. Perform this procedure for both the hot and
cold faucets.
6. Remove the hose and reconnect the domestic water
demand pump’s suction line to the fresh water storage tank.
Remove the hose from the Fresh Water Storage Tank and attach an adequate piece of hose onto the suction
side of the demand pump. Place this hose into a container of RV Antifreeze and allow this to pump through
the Domestic Water System until the faucets run pure antifreeze.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
General Information
Electronic Controller Diagnostic
Should the Aqua-Hot Hydronic Heating System fail to
operate, complete the following checks:
Low Tank-Level Cutoff Indicator Light
1. Verify that the Aqua-Hot’s access cover is securely
installed. The Aqua-Hot Hydronic Heating System
will not operate if the access cover is not fully installed.
This indicator light will illuminate RED when either the 120
Volt-AC electric heating element and/or burner have automatically shut down due to a low antifreeze and water heating solution level inside the Aqua-Hot’s boiler tank. This
fault will automatically reset when the low level condition is
corrected.
2. Ensure that the vehicle’s fuel tank contains a sufficient level of fuel.
3. Ensure that the Aqua-Hot’s boiler tank has an adequate supply of antifreeze and water heating solution
by checking the level at the expansion tank. If the
level is low, reference the maintenance section of
this manual for refilling instructions.
4. Check the Aqua-Hot’s electronic controller for any
RED lights indicating a fault condition.
If the Aqua-Hot Heating System’s failure to operate is not
resolved with the aforementioned checks, please contact
the Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Technical Support Department at 1-800-685-4298 for additional assistance or
visit the web site at www.aquahot.com.
If the Aqua-Hot’s burner switch “Indicator Light” does not
illuminate, and the burner is not functioning, locate the
electronic controller and check the following:
1. Check the Aqua-Hot’s electronic controller for any
RED lights indicating a fault condition. Reference
figure 10.
Low Battery Voltage Fault Indicator Light
This indicator light will illuminate RED and the burner will
shut down whenever the 12 Volt-DC voltage level is too low
for the Aqua-Hot to operate properly. This fault must be
manually reset after the voltage level has been restored to
the 12-Volt-DC battery system. Reference the Low
Voltage information below.
Low Voltage Fault Indicator Light and Reset Button
The Aqua-Hot’s electronic controller must be manually reset whenever the low battery voltage fault indicator light
has been activated. The electronic controller can be reset
by turning OFF the burner switch on the interior switch panel for approximately 60 seconds, then turning the switch
back ON by pressing the “Low Voltage Reset” button located on the electronic controller (use a thin, straight, nonmetallic object to access the reset button through the small
hole in the faceplate).
Figure 10
2. Check for loose wire connections on the electronic
controller’s terminal strips/plugs. When checking for
loose terminal strips/plugs, remove the electronic
controller faceplate by unscrewing the four cover
screws.
3. Remove the Aqua-Hot’s access cover and check for
loose plug connections on the burner controller unit.
Reference figure 2.
NOTE: An interlock switch prevents the Aqua-Hot from
operating when the cover is not installed and
properly in place.
4. Ensure the vehicle’s fuel tank has a sufficient level of
fuel.
5. If the Aqua-Hot still fails to operate, please contact
the Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Technical Support
Department at 1-800-685-4298 or visit the web site
at www.aquahot.com
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Overload Fault Indicator Light
This indicator light will illuminate RED whenever one of
the following conditions have occurred:
NOTE: The Aqua-Hot’s VDC/VAC Control Thermostat will automatically activate the burner and/or the electric heating element only if the burner and/or electric element switch is in the
ON position.
1. The Aqua-Hot is off due to an electrical overload
(i.e., short) in the main 12 Volt-DC power supply
circuitry.
2. The Aqua-Hot is off due to a combination of high
electrical 12 Volt-DC power loads and a high surface
temperature of the electronic controller.
The Aqua-Hot will automatically restart once the electrical overload (i.e., short) and/or high-heat condition is
corrected.
Heating Zones Status Indicator Lights
These five indicator lights (separately) will illuminate
GREEN whenever a zone thermostat, for each particular
zone, is calling for heat. The GREEN indicator lights also indicate that 12 Volt-DC power is being supplied to
the particular interior heating zone’s heat exchangers
(i.e., fan motors). If any of the five indicator lights illuminate RED, it indicates that an electrical overload condition (i.e., short) has occurred in a particular heating
zone’s circuitry.
NOTE: The low temp cutoff light must be illuminated
and heater must be up to operating temperature for the
heating zone status indicator lights to illuminate red or
green.
Pumps #1, #2, and #3 Indicator Lights
These indicator lights (separately) will illuminate GREEN
whenever a circulation pump is operating. If any of the
three indicator lights illuminate RED, it indicates that an
electrical overload condition (i.e., short) has occurred in
the particular component’s circuitry.
NOTE: Zone circulation pumps #1 and #2 are activated
whenever a zone thermostat calls for heat. The
#3 boiler tank stir pump is activated whenever
the domestic water is being used on a continuous
basis or the heater is not up to operating temperature and the burner switch is on.
Electric Heating Element Status Indicator Light
This indicator light will illuminate GREEN whenever the
Aqua-Hot’s electric heating element is operating and
providing heat to the Aqua-Hot’s boiler tank. Please note
that this light will only be active if the electric element
switch is in the ON position. If this indicator light illuminates RED, it indicates an electrical overload condition
(i.e., short) has occurred in the electric heating element’s 12 Volt-DC powered circuitry.
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APPENDIX A: ANTIFREEZE TYPES
The following information addresses the necessary usage of a propylene glycol based “boiler” type antifreeze
in the Aqua-Hot. Propylene glycol is a safer alternative
to the more toxic ethylene glycol antifreeze; however, as
mandated by IAPMO (International Association of
Plumbing and Mechanical Officials), only those propylene glycol based “boiler” type antifreezes deemed
“Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) by the FDA
should be utilized.
never be used in the Aqua-Hot’s Hydronic Heating System. This type of antifreeze is not formulated to transfer
heat, which is essential to the heating system’s functionality and does not contain rust inhibitors. Please note,
however, that RV & Marine antifreeze can be utilized to
winterize the Aqua-Hot’s Domestic Hot Water Heating
System.
Because of the significant impact various types of antifreeze can have on a hydronic heating system, including
the level of safety provided, it has been recognized that
there is a need to provide an explanation regarding two
additional prominent types of antifreeze/coolant available. The following information should be utilized as an
educational means of ensuring that the proper type of
propylene glycol based antifreeze is selected:
These types of propylene glycol based antifreeze products are formulated specifically to protect automotive engines against corrosion, freezing temperatures, and overheating. They also have excellent heat transfer and thermal conductivity characteristics. Although these types of
antifreeze products are considered less toxic and safer
than ethylene glycol for people, pets, and the environment, they are not “Generally Recognized as
Safe” (GRAS) rated by the FDA. Therefore, they must be
marked with a “harmful if swallowed” warning. This additional warning is required because these types of antifreeze products contain high levels of chemical rust inhibitors. Due to their potentially hazardous properties, they
should never be used in the Aqua-Hot’s Hydronic Heating
System.
RV & Marine Antifreeze:
These types of propylene glycol based antifreeze products are formulated specifically for “winterizing” applications only. Although RV & Marine antifreeze is often
“Generally Recognized as Safe” by the FDA, it should
Automotive Antifreeze/Coolant:
APPENDIX B: ANTIFREEZE MIXTURE WATER QUALITY RECOMMENDATIONS
In order to ensure maximum performance and longevity
of an Aqua-Hot heating system’s boiler tank and associated components, it has been determined that there is a
need to use distilled, de-ionized, or soft water in combination with concentrated propylene glycol for the AquaHot’s antifreeze and water heating solution. Please
note that this is only necessary when mixing concentrated propylene glycol antifreeze with water; suppliers of
pre-mixed antifreeze are responsible for the use of highquality (distilled, de-ionized, or soft) water when preparing their antifreeze for sale.
APPENDIX C: ANTIFREEZE TERMS
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The following information addresses the process of
selecting a propylene glycol based antifreeze solution
that provides adequate freeze, boiling, and rust/anticorrosive protection. A 50/50 mixture ratio is recommended, which will result in a freeze point of approximately –28⁰F. and a boil point of approximately 222⁰F.
The following information should be utilized for the purpose of clarifying some terms commonly associated
with antifreeze.
Freeze Point and Burst Point:
Antifreeze solution lowers the freezing point of any liq-
Hard water possesses a high-level of calcium and magnesium ions, which deplete the propylene glycol antifreeze’s corrosion inhibitors. This, in turn, causes the
antifreeze and water heating solution to begin turning
acidic, which can corrode the Aqua-Hot’s Boiler tank and
associated components prematurely. Therefore, concentrated propylene glycol should be diluted with distilled, de-ionized, or soft water which is 80 ppm or less in
total hardness. The local water agency should have upto-date water quality reports which should indicate if the
local tap water is within this guideline.
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uid, to which it has been added, by preventing the formation of ice crystals; however, as the ambient temperature continues to decline, the water in the solution will
attempt to attain a solid state. The point in which the
water begins to solidify is termed the “freeze point.” Although the water in the solution has begun to freeze, producing a “slushy” consistency, the antifreeze in the solution will continue to combat the normal expansion of the
solution as it freezes. The point in which the solution
can begin to expand, due to colder temperatures, is
called the “Burst Point.” Once the solution reaches the
burst point, the potential is present for ruptured pipes to
exist. The burst point of the antifreeze and water heating solution is dependent upon the brand of propylene
glycol antifreeze employed.
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Boiling Point:
Summary:
The Aqua-Hot utilizes the propylene glycol based (PPG)
antifreeze and water heating solution as a transportation
means for the heat produced from the internal processes. The PPG antifreeze solution absorbs the heat created until its boiling point is reached; it is at this point that
the liquid turns to a gas and is expelled to prevent the
heating system from overheating. Each time the boiling
point is reached, a loss of efficiency occurs because the
heat produced is expelled rather than utilized for the
function of the heating system. Therefore, a higher boiling point is desired in order to combat the loss of efficiency, which allows the antifreeze to transport the heat created from the internal process throughout the motorhome
where it can be utilized productively rather than dissipating due to its change from a liquid to a gas.
Antifreeze solution has three basic functions: freeze
protection, boil-over protection, and anti-corrosion and
rust protection.
Rust and Anti-Corrosive Inhibitors:
PPG Antifreeze solution is also primarily responsible for
heat transfer; however, propylene glycol itself does not
possess acceptable heat transfer characteristics. Therefore, water is added to the mixture because it is an excellent heat conductor. PPG antifreeze solution, mixed
with water, that is 35% to 50% propylene glycol is recommended to provide the best performance combination
of the aforementioned functions. If excess propylene
glycol exists within an antifreeze and water heating solution, the water’s heat absorption properties are compromised, which could ultimately inhibit the Aqua-Hot from
providing adequate domestic hot water and interior heating.
Another major function of antifreeze solution is to provide
protection to the internal metal components of the AquaHot hydronic heating system from corrosion and rust.
Antifreeze is able to perform this function by the addition
of rust and anti-corrosive inhibitors, which are designed
specifically to activate in a water solution.
Additionally, if the antifreeze and water heating solution
contains over 70 percent propylene glycol, the freezing
point is actually raised, resulting in less freeze protection. Please reference the attached graphical representation regarding the percentage of antifreeze to water
and how it directly affects the solution’s freezing point.
APPENDIX C: ANTIFREEZE TERMS
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APPENDIX D: MEASURING PROPYLENE GLYCOL USING
A
REFRACTOMETER
Calibrate the Refractometer
Aqua-Hot Part Number MSX-907-162
Figure 1
Calibration Screw
Eyepiece
Daylight Plate
Assembly
Main Prism
Assembly
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OWNER’S SERVICE LOG
Date
Service Performed
Service Center
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OWNER’S SERVICE LOG
Date
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Service Performed
(Continued)
Service Center
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This area provided for notes.
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2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
AQUA-HOT® HYDRONIC HEATING SYSTEM
AHE-450-D
Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Inc. warrants the Aqua-Hot Heater to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of two years on both parts
and labor commencing upon the original date of registration of the vehicle. Replacement
parts are warranted for the remainder of the Heater’s standard warranty coverage or for six
months, whichever is greater.
The intent of this warranty is to protect the Heater’s end-user from such defects, which would
occur in the manufacturing of the product. Thus, problems due to improper specifications,
improper installations, improper use, the use of accessory parts or parts not authorized by
Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Inc., repair by unauthorized persons, and damage or abuse of the
Heater are specifically excluded from warranty coverage.
For additional information or to obtain a warranty repair authorization, please contact the
Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Warranty Administrator at 1-800-685-4298 (7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Mountain Standard Time) or visit www.aquahot.com.
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© 2013 Aqua-Hot® 400-LP Hydronic Heating System Owner’s Manual
15549 East Highway 52 | Fort Lupton, CO 80621
800-685-4298 | Fax: 303-857-7881 | www.aquahot.com
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