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Old 09-16-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hot water heater on electric

Hi all im a newbie snd
Headin out on our first trip next wk, campsite has full hookup so i want to run my hot water heater on electric can please tell me the proper procedure for starting that
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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We'd first need to know the model and brand of water heater to help you.

Assuming it's a suburban the electric on /off switch is outside your camper.
Remove the outside cover and look in the very lower left corner you'll see a tiny black on off switch. "Hidden"

Make sure your water heater is full before you start it.

BTW didn't they show you this when you bought it?

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Old 09-16-2014, 12:03 PM   #3
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All depends on what heater you have. Let us know the model number of water heater and we can go from there.

No matter which kind it is though, always make sure it's full of water by checking with the relief valve before turning on the electric.
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Yes the switch is outside on bottom left side
Of heater when i take grate off and there is water in the tank as i checked the relief valve just wanna make sure im doin it right when i plug in to shore power i turn on outside switch as i mentioned above is there any thing else i need to do?
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Yes the switch is outside on bottom left side
Of heater when i take grate off and there is water in the tank as i checked the relief valve just wanna make sure im doin it right when i plug in to shore power i turn on outside switch as i mentioned above is there any thing else i need to do?
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:12 PM   #6
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Nope, that sounds about it.

Either:

1) check for water
2) Plug in trailer
3) Make sure switch is on

Or:

1) Make sure switch is off
2) Plug in trailer
3) Check for water
4) Turn switch on.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:14 PM   #7
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Welcome and congratulations.
Just initially before turning on WH, regardless of heating source, be sure to hookup water and open faucets hot and cold to purge air in lines and HW heater. This will ensure that you do not burn up your HW heater or ruin your electric element.
Someone else who has the same unit as you can provide more detailed information specific to your unit.


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Here is a detailed FAQ on the operation of the Suburban brand water heater:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

One question, is your RV of the 30 amp (3 prongs on main electrical cord) or 50 amp (4 prongs on plug) type?
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:18 PM   #9
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Welcome and congratulations.
Just initially before turning on WH, regardless of heating source, be sure to hookup water and open faucets hot and cold to purge air in lines and HW heater. This will ensure that you do not burn up your HW heater or ruin your electric element.
Someone else who has the same unit as you can provide more detailed information specific to your unit.


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Actually your method shouldn't be used.

Here's why.

If you use the hot and cold tap to purge air from water heater "it's possible" that the water heater bypass is turned "not allowing " water in the tank giving the allusion that there is by getting water from your hot water tap.

You should always use the pressure relief valve to purge any air.

Mine is always open while the tank is filling.

Just an fyi.

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