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Old 12-25-2017, 04:05 PM   #1
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Electric portion of the water heater

It is getting very cold here in north central Missouri. 17 for a low this morning and it is supposed to be zero or lower by the end of the week. We are using a lot of propane parked in our daughters driveway to keep it warm (67 degrees inside) and keep the water heater on 24/7 to keep it from freezing. I took the W/H cover off yesterday and there is a switch right next to what probably is a heating element going into the W/H. Is all I have to do to make it run on the electric element is turn on that switch? If yes, I would leave the switch on the control panel inside in the off position, correct? Let me know as we are using a lot of propane and running the W/H on electric would really help.

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This FAQ linked below will explain it all:

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Turned it on (I hope). Will not know until we get the frozen water pump/no water flowing problem fixed. It's 8 degrees this morning at 10:30am.
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While parked at your daughters place, are you using the on board water system or are you connected to their home water hose?

Are you connected to their house using an extension cord? If itís only a basic extension cord to typically a 15 or 20 amp outlet, thereís only so much electrical toys you can run at once. Anything, that is basically a heater unit.....electric water heater element, coffee machine, electric heater, hair dryer etc....is a high current draw and only ONE of these toys at a time or youíll trip a breaker somewhere.
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While parked at your daughters place, are you using the on board water system or are you connected to their home water hose?

Are you connected to their house using an extension cord? If it’s only a basic extension cord to typically a 15 or 20 amp outlet, there’s only so much electrical toys you can run at once. Anything, that is basically a heater unit.....electric water heater element, coffee machine, electric heater, hair dryer etc....is a high current draw and only ONE of these toys at a time or you’ll trip a breaker somewhere.
We are using the fresh water tank. A hose would freeze and would always be getting run over by their car going in and out of the garage.

I put in a 30 amp power outlet on the side of the garage so we have at least 30 amps. Using the MH's living room electric fireplace/heater and just the propane rear heater so it heats the basement (except the water pump area).
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Hi Bob, Bob here in south east Missouri, turn your electric water heater on as long as you have shore power. Why the hot water switch is "hidden" where it s at I don't know. Turn the propane switch inside off. We use our electric whenever we can. It saves on propane.

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One important note. Never run the electric side of your water heater without it being full of water. In an empty WH the electric heating element will burn out in a matter of seconds.
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One important note. Never run the electric side of your water heater without it being full of water. In an empty WH the electric heating element will burn out in a matter of seconds.
Not exactly 100% on that one.

My 2016 Greywolf 2017KL simply will not heat unless it meets resistance of water.

In the case yours is not the same simply switch the element. The newer elements will shut off at low temp when nothing is to be heated.
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Not exactly 100% on that one.

My 2016 Greywolf 2017KL simply will not heat unless it meets resistance of water.

In the case yours is not the same simply switch the element. The newer elements will shut off at low temp when nothing is to be heated.
I have not heard that one before for Suburban water heaters, Tony. Suburban has installed a new type element that won't burn up as quickly as the older ones, but it will still burn up. Suburban just sent us a technical notice on this back in November, which is attached to the Suburban FAQ thread, and can be read here.

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It is getting very cold here in north central Missouri. 17 for a low this morning and it is supposed to be zero or lower by the end of the week. We are using a lot of propane parked in our daughters driveway to keep it warm (67 degrees inside) and keep the water heater on 24/7 to keep it from freezing. I took the W/H cover off yesterday and there is a switch right next to what probably is a heating element going into the W/H. Is all I have to do to make it run on the electric element is turn on that switch? If yes, I would leave the switch on the control panel inside in the off position, correct? Let me know as we are using a lot of propane and running the W/H on electric would really help.

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You are correct !! Use the electric by turning on the HW switch in the outside panel. Only use the wall switch inside when using propane and the switch will ignite the burner to heat the water
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