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Old 06-17-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hot Water Heater Switch Stuck On

Wife wasn't getting any hot water. Checked the hot water heater and noticed the switch was stuck in the on position. Could not move it at all. Has this happened to anyone before? Any suggestions? Will be calling Suburban tomorrow. TIA.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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OK, it's late, and maybe one beer too many, but here goes, switch is stuck in the "ON" position, and no hot water. Doesn't sound like a switch problem. If the switch is "ON", then you have should have hot water. Of course you didn't say which switch, the gas one, or the electric, if equipped.

Do a search on here, we have been working on compiling a list of manuals, if you don't have one, and maybe you will get some tips and diagrams/parts list.

Sorry I can't be much help.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #3
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Which switch? The water heater propane switch or electric switch? If electric switch, are you refering to the one in the water heater panel outside? Did you have hot water before?

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The switch on the hot water heater is stuck in the on position. There is no hot water unless it is on propane. Yes I did have 50 amp service.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:01 PM   #5
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The switch on the hot water heater is stuck in the on position. There is no hot water unless it is on propane. Yes I did have 50 amp service.
I am confused, You have a 2010 Georgetown, but have a Suburban hot water heater that is propane only? Seems odd that they would put their lowest end water heater in a motor home.

Have you checked outside under the drop down panel for the black AC switch? Looks like:

We can then get your DW some hot water while we figure out why your propane is not firing.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:01 PM   #6
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I'm assuming that you're refering to the electric switch in the outside panel. Are you positive that it's not in the 'off' position with a hairpin clip through the switch.

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Edit: I see I'm slow tonight with the enter key.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:04 PM   #7
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Since the electric switch is stuck ON, if you ever plugged the camper to electric with no water in the heater tank , the element is burned out. Could be the breaker inside has tripped. Now I'm assuming it has worked before. Most of te electric switches have a hair pin clip through them locking them in the OFF position, to keep from burning out the element. This clip must be removed to switch the electric to ON. Don't go by up is ON, and down is OFF. Read the switch, some are mounted upside down. Do search on here, plenty of pictures and manuals.

And Dave and Lou posted while I was typing this.
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:27 AM   #8
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There is no hot water unless it is on propane.
Wow, I have no idea how I confused this.

Reading it this morning it is clear you are talking about the AC portion of your heater. Old age is sneaking up on me.

The black AC switch is exposed to the elements and can be corroded.
If that is the case, it can be repaired or if it is actually "on" (voltage at the element) you can put another switch in the circuit (at the plug for instance) to turn it off.

If it has been on when winterized, Windrider is quite correct, your heating element will need to be replaced. Propane is your only option until you get the AC portion repaired or replaced.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #9
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Yes it is the AC switch on the heater itself. It has worked previously. There is water in the tank. It will heat on propane. There is no clip through the switch. My thought is I had and electric spike and the high temp relay cut out the electric. I am going to try to reset this am (read the manual). Will report back.
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