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Old 08-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Split

Ok, so I know I haven't been on in ages, and I apologize. But I could really use some help. My Suburban SW6DE split where the flame enters the tank (can't remember the technical term of this compartment). Obviously it needs replaced as suburban tanks have a porcelain liner you cannot weld them. I never use the electric heating element and was wondering if I could go with the cheaper 6 gallon direct ignition and save about 100 bucks or are they different dimensions. I would assume they are the same but figured I would ask. Also, any pointers as to swapping one of these puppies as it looks quite complicated where it sits.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Ok, so I know I haven't been on in ages, and I apologize. But I could really use some help. My Suburban SW6DE split where the flame enters the tank (can't remember the technical term of this compartment). Obviously it needs replaced as suburban tanks have a porcelain liner you cannot weld them. I never use the electric heating element and was wondering if I could go with the cheaper 6 gallon direct ignition and save about 100 bucks or are they different dimensions. I would assume they are the same but figured I would ask. Also, any pointers as to swapping one of these puppies as it looks quite complicated where it sits.
They are actually easy to replace. The unit gets removed from the outside. Just disconnect the water, gas and electrical, then remove the outside door. After that remove the screws and pull it out gently. The water heater may be strapped to the floor across the tank so look for that. The gas or gas/electric units are the same size. I prefer the gas electric because I get a longer shower and use less gas. Always make sure there is water in the tank before turning it on. I know of a lot of people that burn out the electric element (easy fix, about $25 to $30). Make sure that you use a gas leak detector after you hook up the gas and caulk around the gas line where it goes thru the grommet. Oh and when you install the water heater use butyl tape and caulk around it when you are done. Good luck
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