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Old 05-10-2018, 09:18 AM   #1
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Hot water tank mistake

Dumb mistake but turned on hot water electric thinking it was full but I had the bypass on. Electric is not working (warms only not hot) but gas is ok. Can I replace electric heating elements or do I need to replace the unit. Also what is the best way to access on 35rok sandpiper. Thanks
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:20 AM   #2
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More then likely you burned the electric heating element and will need to replace it but not the whole unit.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:22 AM   #3
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You can replace the element, but it depends on what brand water heater you may have, as to how hard a job.

Do you know if it's a Suburban or Atwood brand (a pic would easily show which if you don't know)

Suburban elements are in the front of the water heater (easy to replace) while Atwoods are accessed from the rear (more difficult)

Another way to differentiate brands possibly, is where the switch was for the electric heating element (inside the RV or outside on the face of the water heater)
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Thanks for the help. I havenít got to the heater yet. Still trying to figure best way to get at it. Electric switch on/off is outside next to drain plug.
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Electric switch on/off is outside next to drain plug.
OK, that tells us it's a Suburban brand. Easy enough.

Here's what you need:

Suburban water heater electric element R&R
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:54 AM   #6
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Thank you!!! Iíll will get the part order and let you all know how I did. Sure is nice to have your help... saved me a new tank and maybe a service call.
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Thank you!!! Iíll will get the part order and let you all know how I did. Sure is nice to have your help... saved me a new tank and maybe a service call.
You can actually get one from any RV supply place.
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You can actually get one from any RV supply place.
Or virtually any Home Depot or Lowes for under $10.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:37 PM   #9
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Or virtually any Home Depot or Lowes for under $10.
Lowe's or Home Depot, would be my choice
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Lowe's or Home Depot, would be my choice
Amazon or eBay also. Don't forget the wrench.

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