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Old 01-27-2015, 04:59 PM   #1
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Electric water element burned out

Well... getting ready for our first trip of the year and committed the big boo-boo. Yup turned on the water heater without filling the WH and apparently destroyed the electrical element. Anyway after I figured out my screw up and got the tank filled, no hot water was being made. I did get the gas side working so we will have hot water...just expensive hot water. Does this mean a complete new WH or can the element be changed out? The DW is slightly POed. I am sure this will be expensive to fix even if the repair is not that much.

Of course, I am ready to take the RV newbie walk of shame. But any ideas will be much appreciated. TIA...

BTW..If anyone knows, am I looking at $300, $500, over $1000? I do not have a clue... and someone is pestering me.
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You're OK - it's a very cheap and easy repair. I don't know the model heater you have, but expect to pay $10 or $20 for the element. It's a good do-it-yourself project. If you can post the water heater's model #, someone will be able to get very specific about it. There might even be a YouTube video showing the replacement procedure. It only takes seconds to burn one up in the absence of water. LP won't cost very much to heat water in the meantime.
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You're OK - it's a very cheap and easy repair. I don't know the model heater you have, but expect to pay $10 or $20 for the element. It's a good do-it-yourself project. If you can post the water heater's model #, someone will be able to get very specific about it. There might even be a YouTube video showing the replacement procedure. It only takes seconds to burn one up in the absence of water. LP won't cost very much to heat water in the meantime.
Ditto that. My buddy just did it a few weeks ago. Find out the heater model number and Google the electric element. He did have to purchase a special socket for it though (over 1 in). Ps, his element was under a rubber cap accessable from the outside.
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On some models you have to remove a few items for the element to be removed but it's not a big deal. Let us know how it works out.
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Home Depot - less than 20 bux...30 minutes to change...

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Thanks guys

I appreciate those who weighed in on this. Should be something I can handle at the park when we get there. I know the trip will be much more enjoyable now.
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What's difficult is getting a rusted element out of the hot water heater. I use a 2 1/8" socket (I believe) and a 1/2 inch impact wrench.

If your hot water heater is newer, you shouldn't have any problem getting it out.

Last time I burned out my element, I couldn't remove my element from a Suburban 10 gallon tank. I removed the anode, and replaced it with a Hot Rod that works just as good.
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Don't forget to relieve the pressure from the system, and turn off power prior to doing anything at all.
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Element can be purchased independent of water heater, Remove old one and take to Lowes, Home Depot, et-al, Make sure you get the proper rating 1200-1500 watts at 120 volts

Many water heater elements are rated for 240 volts and if you grab one of those you will get something like 1/4 the wattage out of them (IE, a 1200 watt element gives out only 400 watts) (About what a Hott-Rod gives off)
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Old 01-28-2015, 01:06 PM   #10
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Alright then. With the encouragement and advice from the board..... plus $18 ($8 for the tool and $10 for the element) I put in. I am making hot water with electricity again.
After shutting down the power to my Suburban 6W6DE and turning off the water, the replacement involved removing the propane burner line, then three screws for the element cover, two screws for the electrical connection, then about 10 foot lbs counterclockwise w the thin wall socket tool to remove the old element. Reverse the procedure and fill the water heater tank. Restore power and wait a while for things to warm up. All checks out... hot water, no leaks. Back in business and ready to travel first thing tomorrow.

Thanks again. Hope I can help someone out in the future.

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