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Old 08-18-2017, 05:13 PM   #1
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Installing Atwood heating element

Looking for a how to on installing Atwood Water Heaters electric heating element. Tried a search, and had no luck. Maybe I need help on seaching
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It just screws in...use teflon tape or pipe dope and I would...did a also replace over temp & T Stat as they are inexpensive and can be tough to get to...that way all electric is new & should be trouble free for yrs.
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You have to pull the unit out, correct?
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Looking for a how to on installing Atwood Water Heaters electric heating element. Tried a search, and had no luck. Maybe I need help on seaching
Tip for future seaches: I recently read a post responding to a question re searching. The poster said to fill in your search string at the very top of the page ...... where it says "powered by Google" and then hit search. Works real well. Most of your Google results with be links to irv2 forum posts!

Good luck on your water heater project, BTW.................. ed s
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You have to pull the unit out, correct?
I installed the Hott Rod brand in ours several years ago. If it's an aftermarket element, then it's probably installed from the outside and you don't have to pull the tank. But if yours happens to come from the factory with an element, then it may be installed on the opposite end of the tank. You'd have to see if it can be reached from inside the coach if that's the case.

If you're installing the whole shebang (element, stat, wiring) from scratch, then it may need pulling if the area the stat needs to be installed on can't be reached. Ours had to be installed on the side of the tank but luckily i was able to reach it from an inside cabinet. I'd imagine that a different brand may have the stat and cutoff in another spot, maybe even on the end the element is installed. Again, if electric hasn't been previously installed, then you'll have to get 120 volt wiring to it as well.
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Atwood.......2002 vintage

Water heater electric element is located on backside of tank under a protective cover (down low/bottom area)
Being a 2002 model it will also have its own set of t-stats for the electric there also


Could be a screw in element......1 1/2" 6 point socket OR an 'element wrench'

Could be a bolt in element.

Both are 1400W


Bolt on...#91580



Screw in...#92249
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Looking for a how to on installing Atwood Water Heaters electric heating element. Tried a search, and had no luck. Maybe I need help on seaching
On the back of my wh, there is a shielded toggle switch that may be off or the the switch may have failed. I needed a mirror to see it and it was off when I bought my Moho.
There is not enough room to remove my screw in element with wh installed due to the length of the element.
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