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Most everyone realizes that when cleaning trucks you need hot water to remove grease, oil, and caked-on dirt, mud, and grime. Still, there are ways to clean without hot water using acidity, high pressure, and large volumes of water. Perhaps, one could say as they do in military aviation; “it’s all about energy management” and I’d say that’s about right, however, I’d add it’s also about time, labor, cost, safety, and environmental compliance as well. Thus, this decision multi-faceted and all criteria must be taken into consideration.

Now then, back to the heat side of the Hot Water Tank Guys in the cleaning unit’s equation. In our truck washes and mobile fleet business. We liked to run our high-pressure hot water units at 160 to 170. The hot water would only be used on undercarriage cleaning with the wands. 6.5 GPM at 2500 to 3000 PSI, one guy hitting those areas quickly might use 50 gallons. You just hit the front axles, wheel wells, around the fuel tanks, rear of cab, rear axles, some of the tractor frame, rear trailer axles, and a bit of the trailer frame. Only on really messy trucks would you be over 10-minutes on the hot water.

In really bad inclement weather you could be 20-minutes getting the salt off, which would be 132 gallons in that case. If you had an 8 GPM pressure washer that much more water for the same time, but realize you’d go faster too with more cleaning units of power. If you had an automated system you might use 200 gallons, but you’d be recycling much of that, so you the water would be easier to heat because the ambient temp is already warm if not slightly hot, plus you could use an “on-demand” heating element like they do in Japan rather than our old US archaic versions of water heaters.

I bet many of the top truck washes in our nation have a hot water usage at 50-100 not more? That would be my guess, and I also believe it depends on the location. They have washes in some very cold climates too. Okay so, here is the problem; it costs a lot to heat water, that is to say a lot of energy. Since creating energy costs money, how can you save money doing it? Solar water heaters make sense, and a truck wash has a lot of roof top area, of course that can only assist in the heating of water, and with high usage, it may not suffice, but it would sure help to consider on the energy issue, as a truck wash manages its cleaning unit equation. Please consider all this from an energy engineering standpoint.

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