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Old 08-14-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Hot water heater not working on electric

I have a brand new XLR Thunderbolt and I have no hot water I haven't tried propane just electric. I have turned the switch on outside and check the bypass and pressure relief valve still nothing is there any other switches I am missing?


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Old 08-14-2015, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hot water heater not working on electric

I had this happen to me. I found it was unplugged (electrically). Remove the service panel, on the inside of the trailer, to gain access to the WH. There should be a dedicated outlet next to the WH. My guess is, if brand new and never worked, you'll find the cord coiled up and unplugged. 👍🏻


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Old 08-14-2015, 06:34 PM   #3
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Sure you already know this, but you did fill water heater and run water to bless the air out before turning switch on right. There is also a reset towards top of heater. There are two resets that are covered with a large rubber boot. One is gas reset and other is electric.
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Sorry not bless, but bleed.
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:36 PM   #5
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I prone to believe it is not plugged in I have checked the resets and bled the air I will remove the panel when I get home and check the plug.


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I prone to believe it is not plugged in I have checked the resets and bled the air I will remove the panel when I get home and check the plug.
In the remote chance that you plugged into shore power before filling the tank, you may have burned the element out. It only takes about 10 seconds of power with no water to burn it out. Hopefully it is just not plugged in.
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I didn't turn the switch on until I bleed the hot water heater and all of the lines.


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I didn't turn the switch on until I bleed the hot water heater and all of the lines.


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It does happen a lot that the heater is not even plugged into an outlet. As suggested check that scenario. Also make sure the breaker in the electrical panel tot he water heater is on.

Are you using the pressure relief valve on the water heater itself to verify there is water in the heater....or just the turning on the hot water taps?

It's also common for the bypass valve to still be in the wintering mode, and thus you will get cold water out the hot water line, since they are tied together in this state.

One last thing, it takes a little bit for the electric heating element to heat the water...about twice as long or more than propane

This may help:

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Old 08-14-2015, 07:19 PM   #9
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I have a random question.. Does the switch inside turn off the switch outside? Ex.. If the switch outside is on and the switch in the camper is off, is the heater off? Or is the switch inside just for the gas?
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I have a random question.. Does the switch inside turn off the switch outside? Ex.. If the switch outside is on and the switch in the camper is off, is the heater off? Or is the switch inside just for the gas?
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