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Old 11-27-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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Atwood water heater question

I left the hot water heater switch in the ELECTRIC ON position Over night after we got home. Question is will that hurt the unit? Or does it need shore power to heat electrically ? Gas switch was off only elec on.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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Sorry we were not hooked up to water & no water in holding tank since just left cg where we were hooked up to city water connection.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:43 PM   #3
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Shouldn't have hurt a thing. The electric element in the water heater only works when the trailer is plugged into shore power.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:02 PM   #4
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Shouldn't have hurt a thing. The electric element in the water heater only works when the trailer is plugged into shore power.
Agree, won't hurt anything. However, I always turn off the inside breaker so that when I reconnect to power there is no chance I could burn up an element in case water somehow drained out of the tank.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:24 PM   #5
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Thank you for your help.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:50 PM   #6
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To avoid this in the future, you might want to add a Lighted Switch for the 120V side of your water heater. I added one in a couple of hours, with minimal cost.

Here's a great thread by Willis, complete with pics, on installing the switch.

Water Heater Switch with Power-on Light

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:44 PM   #7
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I was worried about this same thing but in a different context. My 4 yr old daughter likes to play with switches and with the hot water switches (propane and electric) within reach in the bathroom is their a cover anyone is using to prevent inquisitive fingers? I was thinking of installing a lock type thermostat cover over The water heater switches and slide out/ awning buttons to prevent any temptation. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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