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Old 04-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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2013 26Tbud hot water heater

We recently purchased a new 26tbud, upgrading from a pop-up so needless to say I'm learning how to use everything. Last night I tried the hot water heater but I'm not sure if I'm doing it correctly. I turned on the gas, turned on the electrical switch located in the lower left hand corner of the water heater on the outside of the camper and then turned on the switch inside the camper. Since it was the first time it took a few tries until the heater lit but it finally did. The flame ran for about 15-20 and turned off, I tried the hot water and would get lukewarm water right away but not really hot. I left it alone for about an hour and then checked it again, the water was considerably hotter. I left it alone overnight and checked again this morning and there was no hot water. I'm not sure if I'm doing everything correctly, do I have to turn on the switch located in the hot water panel outside of the camper? I appreciate any help anyone can give, thank you.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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Switch on outside at heater is electric heating element.
Switch inside is for gas heating of the water.

Did you turn bypass valves ?

Also if by pass valves weren't turned then no water got into tank and you most likely burnt up element and and popped the high limit switches from the gas.
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Yours may look like this.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for the picture, I see what I may have done wrong. I opened the bypass valve that's labeled cold but I didn't notice the one at the top with the red hose nor did I notice the one in the middle. I'll check these when I get home tonight, I hope this it!

Another question, is the heater designed to work on electricity and gas at the same time? If I'm connected to electricity should I just be running it on electricity?
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for the picture, I see what I may have done wrong. I opened the bypass valve that's labeled cold but I didn't notice the one at the top with the red hose nor did I notice the one in the middle. I'll check these when I get home tonight, I hope this it!
We've seen several different configurations of the valves and the ones pictured are mine and pretty common.

One way to ALWAYS know your water heater is full and purged of air is to open the pressure relief valve till all air is expelled and water runs freely.
I'll post a pic of valve.

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Yes it can be run on both or one or the other.

Yes run electric when plugged in.

Run both for quicker recovery times during showers.

Gas when u have no shore power.

Gas/electric
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Yep, I made sure water came out of the pressure relief valve before turning it on. I'll double check the valves. I really appreciate your help, you made a nervous first time owner a little more at ease!
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Black box toward top is labeled reset there's two buttons with rubber caps push those to reset if needed.

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Yep, I made sure water came out of the pressure relief valve before turning it on. I'll double check the valves. I really appreciate your help, you made a nervous first time owner a little more at ease!
You'll be fine !
Update any findings!

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Will do, thank you.
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