Originally Posted by Time2Tow
rockwood06-I just picked up our new Signature Ultralite 8296SS this past weekend and during the walkthrough with the dealer, the tech mentioned that some people turn the heater off by using the breaker, as you do. However, he said this could weaken the breaker over time and it may start to trip on its own, unecessariily. I just thought I would share that.
This could be true but, it's cheaper to replace the breaker then it is the water heater. My camper is 4 years old and have been doing this since it was new.
Now here is a funny thing about breakers, I have a 60 amp breaker on my heat pump in my house for the condensing unit, in the beginning of the summer I had an a/c problem, after trouble shooting I found that the breaker was bad. Now in most cases if a breaker go's bad it will trip and you can not reset it but in this case I was fooled the breaker was in the "ON" position but no power to the disconnect on the out side wall, so for $16.00 I replaced the 60 amp breaker and the a/c has been fine all summer. Now you have been told that if you use the breaker as a switch it could damage the breaker well this 60 amp breaker in the house has never been used as an on and off switch. The breakers in my house are Cutler Hammer and the breakers in my camper are Square "D". Breaker do go bad once in a great while. If you had to replace the water heater and the dealer did the work it would cost around $600.00 buck, i know i had to have one replaced in my first camper back in the early 2002 because I did not know at the time that I had to drain the water heater for the winter
I was new at camping, but I did get lucky the first year, it didn't split. I will take my chances and use the breaker as a switch before replacing the water heater.