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Old 02-20-2019, 01:33 PM   #1
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2007 Knight DFT: water heater problem

How does one access the rear of the heater to replace the heating element?
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How does one access the rear of the heater to replace the heating element?
On my old rig, there was an access panel in the closet.
Another note, if it is an Atwood you will have to get to the back
if it is a Suburban it might have the element on the front.
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On my 2006 Diplomat you can see the back of the heater, but you would have to be a contortionist to pull the element. I was having problems with mine and pulled it by removing the screws around the trim and pulling the whole unit out through the side of the coach. Score the paint line at the trim line with a sharp blade to make a clean break.
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On my 2006 Diplomat you can see the back of the heater, but you would have to be a contortionist to pull the element. I was having problems with mine and pulled it by removing the screws around the trim and pulling the whole unit out through the side of the coach. Score the paint line at the trim line with a sharp blade to make a clean break.
It may be easier to just pull it out like RockyMtnRide says. On my old rig the element was 6 years old and it was stuck. I ended up using a 24" breaker bar with a 36" cheater pipe. I am lucky I didn't break things.
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Thanks everyone. Looks like I will have to completely pull this baby.
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Thanks everyone. Looks like I will have to completely pull this baby.


Itís not too bad to pull. I did have a piece of the styrofoam blanket hang up while pulling it out, but a wiggle broke it loose. They held the two styrofoam halfís together with a thin shipping strap type material. One of mine was broke. When I put it back in I wrapped a couple of wraps with duct tape and it slid right in. Just a note. They used a small cut 2x4 with a piece of plywood as the shelf. Not impressive. But then again they used another piece of wood and a couple of tie wraps to hold my jack pump tank and valve assembly. Still love my coach.
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