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Old 08-12-2016, 03:25 PM   #1
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Angry Atwood hot water heater HELP

Model GC-10A-3E. Combo electric/gas. My baby is old so i am permanently docked. Heater want work by gas or electric. I want it to work just by electric. Can i take 120VAC direct to the heating element??????????????????????????:
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Seriously? How will it know to turn off? If it doesn't turn off bad things could happen.
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Model GC-10A-3E. Combo electric/gas. My baby is old so i am permanently docked. Heater want work by gas or electric. I want it to work just by electric. Can i take 120VAC direct to the heating element??????????????????????????:
These are pretty simply appliances so take a minute with a electrical meter to check. When I bought my trailer the electric side would not work it was simple to replace the switch at the WH, tstat and heating element all for under $30. I do not recommend a direct connection to the heating element, it will have no control and if the element is bad it still will not work. Don't do it as your asking for more trouble.
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Seriously? How will it know to turn off? If it doesn't turn off bad things could happen.
I replaced the bad Heating element, still no 120VAC at element book says turn switch on. There is a switch there but it is not wired in, do i buy a common switch and put it in line with the black lead. Or can you tell me how to wire the switch in properly?????
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Hello af1465
I hate to say this but "time and time again, people shotgun (i.e. replace) a perfectly good working component. So many people on the forums site are guilty of this and do it, without properly finding out the root cause failure mode (i.e. problem). As you can see, you went through the time and money replacing a good working heating element without analyzing what the real problem it.
I am not sure what model you have, but you can find it on the web.
It looks like the heating element is controlled via a relay which is triggered by a thermostat. If you wanted to go only electric, you must run the relay through the thermostat. The thermostat only will not handle the current, thus the relay is required. If you do not have any electrical knowledge, then maybe someone in the campground where you are may be able to lend a hand. They must be able to read the schematic and cut/connect the correct wires. Doing it yourself without the proper knowledge and equipment (i.e. voltmeter) will end up more problems and money.

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There is most likely a fuseable link that runs from the control board to the element connection and gas burner connection. The heater will not work without it. I have had to replace mine twice. About a $12.00 part. Better than $300 for a new board. Remove the link and check for continuity. If there is no continuity it is bad. http://rvsupplies.com/atwood-rv-wate...FQcfhgodBn0EPw
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