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Old 03-21-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
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I bought my motor home in Dec. I havent used it uet. I was checking it out and I found the hot water electric switch in the panel pushed in for on. I havent done anything to the system. Is there another switch inside to turn the power on? Does this mean the heating element may be burned out. I didn't want to do anything until I know a little more about how it works before I check it or take it back to my dealer. I keep it pluged in all the time.
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I bought my motor home in Dec. I havent used it uet. I was checking it out and I found the hot water electric switch in the panel pushed in for on. I havent done anything to the system. Is there another switch inside to turn the power on? Does this mean the heating element may be burned out. I didn't want to do anything until I know a little more about how it works before I check it or take it back to my dealer. I keep it pluged in all the time.
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Old 03-21-2006, 06:01 PM   #3
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Donald, If you can not find a other switch you may have burnt it out if no water in hot water tank. I have a second switch with a red led on it indicating when its on. The heater has a switch on mine in the back of heater you may have the same. If you can access back off heater you can check heater element with meter should show some resistance if not open. "007"
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If you don't have an AC ammeter in your system there's a real quick check to find out if it's burnt out or not. Start your generator set. Let it warm up for a while, then flip the switch on the electric heater. If the generator labors a bit, you should be fine. If there is no extra load put on the genset, then either the element is hot or else you have a second switch someplace (which hopefully was off all the time).
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Has the motorhome been connected to shore power ?
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Donald, if you will provide us with a little more info, year, make and model of the MH and the make of water heater we may be of more help. Was the water heater full of antifreeze? If so you should be ok but if by-passed and empty you may have a bad heating element if power was applied depending on the year and make of water heater.
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Note that if the rig was not plugged into shore power the heating element did not actually turn on and would not burn out. But even a few minutes of heating in a dry tank is probably enough to damage the heating element. Elements are replaceable but often a bear to get at, since they are usually on the back side of the heater with little or no access.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Note that if the rig was not plugged into shore power the heating element did not actually turn on and would not burn out. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Unless the generator was run.
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Thanks for all the advice. I found another switch inside the motor home.
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Thanks Don for the follow up. "007"
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You may or may not have burned your heater element. In my coach I have a switch panel over the co-pilot's seat - this panel contains holding tank status lights and two switches for water heater service - electic element (120V) off and on and propane off and on. When not in use, these switches are normally in the off position.
There is an additional electric element switch; it is on the face of the heater itself. Your heater is located on the driver's side of your coach, you will see a small louvered panel - remove it and you will see the face of your water heater. On my Suburban heater there is an on/off switch on the lower left corner of the panel - this is normally left in the on position, unless you are changing the element.
When you need hot water service, make sure that the water heater tank is filled by running the hot water tap(s) until no air is present in the line - then turn on the 120V if connected to a power source or turn on the popane ignition switch if not connected.
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