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Old 05-05-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Switch on outside of waterheater.

Hi. I was getting my xlr ready for summer and while checking the rod in the hot water heater i noticed a small black rocker type switch just to the left of the rod and kind of behind the gas line. It was set to off. Is this some kind of manual ignition or is it the control for the electric element? I remember thinking last year that the water only got hot when it was running on gas.

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This switch is to run hot water heater on electric. I notice difference in hot water also when on electric or gas
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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Hi. I was getting my xlr ready for summer and while checking the rod in the hot water heater i noticed a small black rocker type switch just to the left of the rod and kind of behind the gas line. It was set to off. Is this some kind of manual ignition or is it the control for the electric element? I remember thinking last year that the water only got hot when it was running on gas.

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That infact is how you turn the electric side on and off.

You can run the the gas and electric at the same time or individually.

Run them both during high use times"taking showers"


Also don't forget to shut it off if you drain heater.

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The switch is to allow you to run your water heater off of electricity instead of propane. Normally, the switch is set to OFF. If you choose to use electricity, you'll need to set that switch to ON
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Sounds like you have a duel water heater gas / electric...... That is the switch to use it on electric be sure to never turn it "on" when the tank is empty / winterizing it.....It will burn out the electrode fast.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #6
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One caveat is NEVER leave it on when you are not going to use the heater for a while. You just might forget to turn it off when you drain the water heater.
This, of course will burn up your element.
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Ouch...the wisdom of experience, huh?
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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It's to run the HW on electric. Note: make sure your HW tanks is fully full of water, element will burn out in seconds if not full. propane will heat the water faster then electric. You can use both at same time. On electric, HW heater will run on 110 volt, so for electric you must be pluged into shore power or on generator. just remember not to lose pin and turn off when breaking camp. Most of the time we just use propane unless we arw going to be at one place a long time.
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On our 2006 outback the electric and gas switches were both on control panel, on our new 2013 Rockwood the electric switch is outside on water heater. This seems kinda stupid to me. Is there any good reason they don't all put them on control panel.
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Ouch...the wisdom of experience, huh?
Yes. Luckily it is the experience of OTHERS.
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