Kirk, that switch works the propane side of your water heater. Open the valves to your gas tanks, cut the switch to on, and you should be good to go. The red reset lite will cut on as the heater tries to light automatically, then turn off after the water heater burner lights.
The electric element is operated by a switch on the outside of the unit. Make sure you have water in the heater before operating either, but especially the electric element.....a dry tank will fry that puppy in a heart beat.
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2006 Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4
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