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Old 05-08-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Apex 259BHSS....outside by the pressure release valve on the water heater is a switch to turn on the electric power to the water heater. There is also a switch in the bathroom that says 'water heater'. What's the difference and when do I use which???

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Apex 259BHSS....outside by the pressure release valve on the water heater is a switch to turn on the electric power to the water heater. There is also a switch in the bathroom that says 'water heater'. What's the difference and when do I use which???

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The switch in the bathroom turns on/off the water heater at will. The switch on the water heater is to turn off when the unit is drained in case someone turns on the bathroom switch which will burn out the out the heating element with no water in it.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:26 PM   #3
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Ah! Makes sense!! Thnx!!!
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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That don't sound like the one in ours. I don't know which model you have, but most of the FRs seem to have the suburban WH. In that case the switch outside for heating the water on electric. The switch inside is for heating with propane.

Very important to only use the electric when there is water in the tank!

You can complete fry the electric side in seconds if there's no water.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:52 AM   #5
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Kaadk has it right... If you need hot water Fast turn on both switch's
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Yes.
If you have one switch inside its for propane only.
Switch on the outside is for electric.

Unless you have two switches inside like mine but they should be clearly labeled.

And yes you can use both at the same time for faster hw recovery.


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👍 thnx!!! 😀
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Apex 259BHSS....outside by the pressure release valve on the water heater is a switch to turn on the electric power to the water heater. There is also a switch in the bathroom that says 'water heater'. What's the difference and when do I use which???

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This may help you understand the switches and their function.

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:20 AM   #9
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Great info!!!! Thnx!!!
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