Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-27-2015, 11:04 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Jourdanton, Texas
Posts: 144
Water heater

I'm trying to get my water heater to work. I had drained the water for winter. I flushed out the air and turned the elec. back on for the heater. Nothing! I changed the anode rod, but still nothing.
I'm now trying with the propane and it is heating.
The electrical switch doesn't throw a breaker and all other electrical items work.
Any suggestions?


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________

__________________
Larry Tiner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2015, 11:10 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Platokidd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: top side land of Lincoln
Posts: 6,436
I had this problem last year. I went outside to heater access and wiggled the wires. For me it worked.
__________________

__________________
2014 LaCrosse 323RST-TE-C
2009 Chevy 2500HD Z71
nights of camping
2017-67 / 16-92 / 15-73 / 14-60 / 13-33
Seasonal
Platokidd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2015, 11:11 PM   #3
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 15,031
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Tiner View Post
I flushed out the air and turned the elec. back on for the heater.
Did you make sure there was water inside the heater before turning on the electric heating element switch? If not, then you may have burned it up.

Also, any chance when you winterized, you may have also turned off the breaker to the electric heating element inside the breaker box.......or possibly unplugged it from the electrical outlet behind the heater and forgot about it?

And I know this may seem obvious, but you are plugged into a form of 120 volt shore power in order for the electric heating element to work since you stated other electrical items work which I assume you mean 120 volt stuff (television, microwave, electrical outlets)?
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Ducks are just all-terrain chickens
wmtire is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 10:23 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Jourdanton, Texas
Posts: 144
I wiggled the wires, but got nothing. Replaced the heating element --- Bingo! Thanks for y'all's help!


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
Larry Tiner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 10:53 PM   #5
Site Team
 
Flybob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 5,564
Be sure to turn off electric WH switch each time you break camp. That way if you plug in the RV to clean or prep for a trip, you do not apply power to the WH while it may be empty.
__________________

2015 Freedom Express 248RBS
TV 2015 Silverado HD2500 Duramax
TST Tire Monitors
Honda 2000I + Companion
2 100W solar panels
Flybob is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 05:21 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Jourdanton, Texas
Posts: 144
Have to remember that, FlyBob. Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
Larry Tiner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:45 AM   #7
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 15,031
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Tiner View Post
Have to remember that, FlyBob. Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
If you don't use checklists, then an easy way to remind yourself if you have a trailer.... is to take a clothespin and write water heater on it with a sharpie.

Whenever you turn on the electric switch, snap the clothespin on your trailer coupler. This way you can't hook up to your TV, without seeing the clothespin to remind you to turn off the switch.

You can also do clothespins for other things, like antenna, awning, steps, etc.

Or if that's just too low tech, you can buy these at this link:

http://www.rvminders.com/



__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Ducks are just all-terrain chickens
wmtire is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:53 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Dave Lyon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Oshawa, ON
Posts: 658
FWIW, I only drain my water heater once a year; and that is when I winterize. Even if I left the switch on - the tank is full of water.

It is still a good practice to turn the switch off when packing up camp (which I do), but, at least with water in your heater, you won't burn out the element if the switch is left on.
__________________
Dave, Southern,ON



2017 GMC SLT HD All Terrain Crew Cab (6' 6" Box) 2012 Roo 23SS
E2 Trunnion WDH (1,000 lb / 10,000 lb)
Dave Lyon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:54 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Dave Lyon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Oshawa, ON
Posts: 658
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Lyon View Post
FWIW, I only drain my water heater once a year; and that is when I winterize. Even if I left the switch on - the tank is full of water.

It is still a good practice to turn the switch off when packing up camp (which I do), but, at least with water in your heater, you won't burn out the element if the switch is left on.
Sorry- I should add to this, I'm on chlorinated City water, not well.
__________________

__________________
Dave, Southern,ON



2017 GMC SLT HD All Terrain Crew Cab (6' 6" Box) 2012 Roo 23SS
E2 Trunnion WDH (1,000 lb / 10,000 lb)
Dave Lyon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
heater, water, water heater

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:10 PM.