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Old 04-15-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Attwood waterheater

opened unit today hooked electric and did what I needed to do after 1/2 hour I finally got to hooking up the water hose and found the electric switch was on, was very hard to push off but finally did but water heater was emty and electric element was on, turned water on and now NO! hot water does anyone know how long element will heat with no water in tank ?
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Burned out the element?
Easy replace. (I think)
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:46 PM   #3
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Since the tank was empty you most prolly fried the element. Pretty easy to check with a meter.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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I suspect your electric element is burnt out thay burn up in seconds with no water in the tank good news is a new element is fairly cheep
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:00 AM   #5
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I agree with the others. Similar thing happened to me last spring. Only problem it took me a while to figure it out. I had electrical problems and was unable to use most of the 120 circuits. Some internet searching lead me to the water heater and sure enough that was the root cause. I bought a new heating element at the local RV dealer ($20-25) and it took about 20 minutes start to finish to replace.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:47 AM   #6
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FYI, most hardware stores and home centers will have the element for about $13-$15. My advise is to go to hardware store and buy (if you don't already have) the element socket tool, remove your element and then go match it up.
My local hardware store had every thing I needed to replace mine. Oh, and while you are at it, might be a good time to replace the anode.
Let us know how things turn out!
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If it's dry, usually less than 10 seconds. Easy fix.
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fyi, Atwood's do not have an anode rod, the tank is made with a different material than the Suburban's. The Suburban's need the anode rod. If the switch is hard to operate, replace it also, it will quit working expectantly. I agree with the replacing the heating element, it will be burned out with no water.

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fyi, Atwood's do not have an anode rod, the tank is made with a different material than the Suburban's. The Suburban's need the anode rod. If the switch is hard to operate, replace it also, it will quit working expectantly. I agree with the replacing the heating element, it will be burned out with no water. Frank
Did not know that. I have a suburban.
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