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Old 08-04-2014, 03:10 PM   #1
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Water Heater switch lite

Is there supposed to be a light on the Gas Water Heater switch on the Convenience Center panel?

The Electric Water Heater and Water Pump switch both light up when turned on. Seems strange that the Gas Water Heater switch does not.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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When you flip the switch to turn the hot water heater on there is a small red light at the top of the switch that comes on. Once the heater lights that light will go out.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:49 PM   #3
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It assumes the water temp is cool enough to warrant it coming on. The lighted switch is for the propane heater. If the electric heater is on, it may not need the propane.


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Old 08-04-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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Yes that is correct. If the electric is on and the water is at temp if you turn on the switch for the propane it will not come on.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:31 PM   #5
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So the switch itself does not have a light?

It did in our previous RV and it's a good visual indicator that the switch is turned on.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:11 PM   #6
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Bummer, my convenience center doesn't have a switch for the electric. For the gas - yes. The electric is switched either via the circuit breaker or the switch outside in the water heater. I wish there was a switch at the convenience center. I use the electric a lot. Too much work to get the wiring up to the convenience center just for the switch. Breaker does fine - I just fear of forgetting it and leaving it on.
The gas switch on mine doesn't light up but the water pump switch does.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:59 PM   #7
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So the switch on the convenience center is for the gas heating the water? If that switch is off then it only works on electric? I thought it was just the opposite. So if that is the case the only way to turn electric off to water heater is to use breaker box or go outside and open water heater panel and turn switch off? What happens if electric is on to RV and the water heater is not full of water yet? burn up water heater? I guess I have been lucky since I often plug in RV to electric but do not have full water heater yet. I thought switch on conv cntr was for electric, that is what dealer told us.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #8
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Water Heater switch lite

It depends on the water heater. Most suburban water heaters have just the gas switch inside and the elec switch outside on the heater. Most Atwood water heaters have both switches inside.

Either way always be sure the heater is full of water before turning it on. It's important for gas but really important for elec. You literally will burn the elec element out in seconds if it's dry.

It's not hard to add an elec switch inside if you don't have one. Of course, assuming a rudimentary knowledge of electrical basics so as to not fry something . I don't bother running it to the conv panel. Just use a lighted 120v switch somewhere under the sink.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
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Getting back to the original topic for a second...

The gas water heater switch should have a lite. Installed a new one and it works. Original switch was bad from the factory.

The small lite above the switch does not lite when it first starts as previously mentioned. That is a fault indicator and only comes on if the heater does not start.

Hope that helps someone if looking to solve this problem in the future.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:55 PM   #10
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It's not hard to add an elec switch inside if you don't have one. Of course, assuming a rudimentary knowledge of electrical basics so as to not fry something . I don't bother running it to the conv panel. Just use a lighted 120v switch somewhere under the sink.
That's what I did. Works great and I only lost one electrical outlet (which I hardly ever used anyways because it's in the slides pathway).
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