Originally Posted by ttincali
. The switch outside is even taped in the off position - i don't get it, what is everyone else doing?
The switch is outside because it's easier for the manufacturer to make
it that way AND
it's there so you will be reminded to make sure the water heater tank
is full of water before you turn on the electric heater.
It will burn out instantly if turned on when empty.
Some folks- me included- just use the circuit breaker switch to control
the electric element. Turn it on outside once and ofter that use the
circuit breaker to turn it off later.
You must always remember to shut it off if you are going to be winterizing
and draining the tank!
Some folks leave both LP and electric on at the same time.
This will usually only use electric when you use smaller amounts of
water. IF you take a shower both modes will "fire up" and you can
heat more water faster.