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Old 06-17-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hot water tank switch melted

I have 2002 Holiday Rambler Vacationer - and my Atwood Water Tank that is under my kitchen sink - the on and off switch on the tank melted. I also have the on and off at my monitor panel - that works or lights up but noticed while we were away last week that the hot water was not getting hot. So we had to switch to propane. Got home and took it apart - and the switch melted. It is 110. I was thinking of just replacing it with a residential 110 switch. Is that okay?
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Yea, I smelled mine. I was plugged into a long extension cord @ 15amps for quite awhile. I figured that's what did it. I just bypassed the switch. Never used it anyway.
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There a reason why that switch melted. Very cheap switch? Pulling to much current through it? Be safer to figure out why it melted before putting another switch on it. Melted mean its getting real hot and can cause a fire.
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Very cheap switch?


Good point. Everything else checked out ok. Switch looked like a POS. Bypassed it a year ago. No issues since. Still protected by a circuit breaker.
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Very cheap switch?


Good point. Everything else checked out ok. Switch looked like a POS. Bypassed it a year ago. No issues since. Still protected by a circuit breaker.
Yep, really cheap switch. I wired mine out of the circuit a few years ago and now use the circuit breaker to turn the water heater off.

I couldn't understand why they put a switch on the water heater when it is most likely buried and can't be reached without hassle.
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