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Old 03-16-2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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Atwood Water Heater - No electric heat

We had a water leak near the water heater. A repairman found and replaced a cracked el fitting on the top side water line feeding the water heater. This fixed the leak. Later, we found we have no electric hot water. The switch inside the coach is on and and the red light is on. The breaker is not tripped.

We turned the propane heater on and now have hot water.

To replace the fitting, the repairman had to remove the panel under the water heater and reach into the backside of the water heater to make his repair. Could he have knocked something loose for the electric heat?

Our coach is a 2005 Itasca Horizon 40AD.
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I think one of two things could have happened. First the water level may hay fallen below the heating element which means that if it was turned on the element would have burned itself out. Or the repairman may have loosened the element connection. Either one is easy to repair by replacing the old element with a new one or checking the connection on the old element.
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Is the circuit breaker on, he may have turned it off while working back there.
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Thanks for the replies. The water heater never lost any water since the leak was on the inlet line. And I have checked the breaker. It is on and not tripped. It seems the repairman may have knocked something loose when he was in the compartment to repair the leak.
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There normally is a second inline switch for the a/c, located on the side of the metal box covering the element & tstat. I had to bypass mine because the switch melted, I think it was undersized for the task.

I don't think he could have knocked anything else loose because the metal box covers it all.

Did you try and reset the ECO? There is a small hole in the metal box, upper right when looking from the back. Insert a pencil eraser and push.

Other than that, I would remove the metal box and begin checking voltages. Don't know if that is possible without pulling the unit out some.
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The repairman returned today and found the leaking water had got into the relay behind the water heater. He replaced the relay and now I have electric hot water again.
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