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Old 03-30-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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water heater bypass location?

Trying to find the water heater bypass on a 2007 Georgetown 373DS. Anyone know where it is? I've been running the water heater but still get no hot water even though I'm able to get hot water out of the water heater pressure relief valve. Is that symptomatic of a bypass valve in the wrong position?

We're new to this RV and rv'ing in general so any help is much appreciated!
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to the RV world!! There should be 2 water lines behind the water heater; one is the cold feed and the other is the hot supply to the coach. Jumping the 2 lines together, typically directly behind the water heater, is the bypass. Note the position of the valve. You need to turn the valve off. This allows the cold water to flow into the water heater and the hot to flow out. Your note says you get water but not hot water so the valves in the cold and hot lines must already be open.
Good luck, hope this helps.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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Welcome to the RV world!! There should be 2 water lines behind the water heater; one is the cold feed and the other is the hot supply to the coach. Jumping the 2 lines together, typically directly behind the water heater, is the bypass. Note the position of the valve. You need to turn the valve off. This allows the cold water to flow into the water heater and the hot to flow out. Your note says you get water but not hot water so the valves in the cold and hot lines must already be open.
Good luck, hope this helps.

Thanks for your reply. I'm unsure how to get behind the water heater. I see no access panels.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!

Find where the back of the WH would be inside and there'll be a removable panel to access...probably in a cabinet.

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Old 03-30-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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Sorry, but I am not familiar with your exact unit to give anymore detailed info.
Make sure a cabinet bottom, or a drawer does not need to come out to access the panel. Thats all I got.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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Its basically like this one with the 3 valves.

Their akso may be a white screw plate below or on the side of the compartment that houses the water heater. If you uncrew it and stick an arm in you can maybe feel the valves.
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On our 330TS model, there is a white round plastic access door in the bottom of one of the outside compartments directly under the hot water heater. You have to be on your back (on the ground) and looking up to see the access door. It's a bit of trick to look up inside at the same time as getting a flashlight in their to see. If you look at the valve arrangements that Iggy posted, you should see the same layout up inside your rig.

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Trying to find the water heater bypass on a 2007 Georgetown 373DS. Anyone know where it is? I've been running the water heater but still get no hot water even though I'm able to get hot water out of the water heater pressure relief valve. Is that symptomatic of a bypass valve in the wrong position?

We're new to this RV and rv'ing in general so any help is much appreciated!
Lol, we found ours this morning after a weekend of lukewarm water. Under the rv at water heater, round cover, three valves, bypass was in the middle.
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That was it! I had found and removed the white screw panel under the water heater the day before, but apparently hadn't reached back in there far enough to find the bypass valve. Not the most convenient location, but now I got it.

Thanks to everyone for the help!
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That was it! I had found and removed the white screw panel under the water heater the day before, but apparently hadn't reached back in there far enough to find the bypass valve. Not the most convenient location, but now I got it.

Thanks to everyone for the help!
FR did us no favors when they located that panel on the 2007 Models. It's real tough to reach the by-pass valve through that 4" opening. One of my next mods will be to change that one to a 5" so I can get my hand back there. I'm jealous of Iggy's picture that shows total access to the rear of the water heater. Our only way to see the rear of the water heater on my 2007 is to disassemble the side of the coach, which I had to do to build a new support for the water heater when ours kept breaking off the screws because it bounced so badly.

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