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Old 03-17-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Water heater propane

Our water heater is working on 110v the rocking switch beside the heater is on. We want to make it work on propane. There is a switch inside the Fifthwheel that say Tank Heater on top of the tank gauge and another one that say HTR on the bottom left side of the tank gauge . On the bottom right side of the tank gauge there is a switch that say pump.
How do we set the switches to work with propane.

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The top switch is for the shorepower/110v heating element. The lower one should be for the propane fired heating part of it. The pump switch is just that, pressure water from 12V. It does not need to be on to heat water but does to use it.

Try switching the lower HTR switch on, go out to the water heater and look for or listen for a pezio ignitor and whether the heating flame starts. Sometimes the jet needs to be cleaned out, and the air flow control adjusted for proper flame. It should be mostly blue, not a lot of orange flame.


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I think you should check your manual, that switch labeled 'Tank Heater' might be for heating your water and waste tanks in cold weather. Often the water heater will have a 120 v switch that is lighted when on to turn on the element in the water heater IF there's water in the tank AND the 'hidden' switch to turn on the 120 v element in the water heater compartment is switched on. Remove the WH cover outside and see if there's a switch there for the 120 v element.
The gas part of the water heater is often turned on by a 12 v switch that appears to be on the lower left of your levels panel. It also usually has an LED to show when it's on. When turned on, the blower fan should come on immediately and then the ignitor and gas should come on.
Look at your water heater manual for more instructions. If you don't have one, look on the heater (behind cover panel) and look for brand and model number. Most manuals can be found by a Google search and going to manufacturer's website. It also probably has a troubleshooting guide and parts list included.
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Thanks for the answers. Do i have to turn off the switches that control the 110v element before i try the propane switch or it switches automatically from electric to propane.

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Thanks for the answers. Do i have to turn off the switches that control the 110v element before i try the propane switch or it switches automatically from electric to propane.

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Check your manual, usually the 120 v element is to boost and extend hot water, not replace gas. I'd turn the 120 off and test on just propane. It should work without the 120 v. Make sure the tank is full and that you have gas at the stove or furnace so you know the gas line is purged of air. It does require 12 v to operate, just like your refrigerator, thermostat, furnace and A/C.
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Thanks BFlinn181

The problem is that we don't have a users manual. But thanks for the answers we should be able to make it work.
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I don't know what make or model, but here are links to manuals for Suburban and Atwood.

http://dutchmen.com/image/data/docum...ice_Manual.pdf

http://www.ucmerced.edu/sites/www.uc...er_specs_0.pdf
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