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Old 01-28-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hot Water Heater

Hi I have a 6 gallon hot water heater and the heating element has shorted.The gas portion works fine but i use too much gas using it this way. Is there a replacement element that i can buy? It is a Suburban Hot water heater. Any help would be great.
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Use too much gas? That thing uses minimal gas compared to other appliances. And it only consumes gas when burning if it is a DSI.
But to answer your question, yes you can buy new electric elements. Any RV parts store should either have or get you one within a day or two.
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The frig and water heater use very little propane. The furnace is the biggest user of propane.

How much do you consider too much propane?

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You can buy a new element at Lowes, HD, etc.. Just remove the existing element and take it with you, so you get the right length. They are the same, just slightly higher rating. You will need the wrench, also sold there, to remove and install. Same elements, half the price.
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You can buy a new element at Lowes, HD, etc.. Just remove the existing element and take it with you, so you get the right length. They are the same, just slightly higher rating. You will need the wrench, also sold there, to remove and install. Same elements, half the price.
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Any ideas how to convert an Atwood 6 gal.to electric ? .... Mine’s propane only ...
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Any ideas how to convert an Atwood 6 gal.to electric ? .... Mineís propane only ...
I don't believe that's possible. You would have to change out the water heater to a gas/electric model.
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I don't believe that's possible. You would have to change out the water heater to a gas/electric model.
You can get a "Hott Rod" kit at most camping supply stores that lets you replace the drain plug with an electric element. Then you need to heave a convenient 120 VAC plug for power.
Hott Rod XP Water Heater - For 6 gallon tanks

Oh, on a side note, if you have a HOT water heater, why do you need to heat the water more. My RV has a water heater.

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TX, Thanks !!! Thatíll work !!!
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Oh, on a side note, if you have a HOT water heater, why do you need to heat the water more. My RV has a water heater.
Ken, It just had to be said and I agree.
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Thanks

Thanks everyone for your help. I found the element for my hot water heater at ACE Hardware for $11.50. Installed it yesterday and it works great.
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