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Old 07-30-2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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Not trying to hijack this thread but, while we're on the topic of water heaters..........

I'm trouble-shooting my electric heating element. I measure 116 volts at the element for a short time then nothing. There is water in the tank, and using the propane heater works fine for water temperature.

I suspect a high temp thermostat may be the culprit, but only for the electric side of things. The fusible link on both units are good, and show continuity.

Any ideas?

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But you did anyway.

Is the water hot? The element does not stay on if the water reaches its normal operating temperature.

If not, you could have a short in your element that "opens" when the element heats up and closes when it cools down.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:20 AM   #12
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Are you measuring 116 volts across the heater element?
There should be a 0 volt reading across the element.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:10 AM   #13
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Not trying to hijack this thread but, while we're on the topic of water heaters..........

I'm trouble-shooting my electric heating element. I measure 116 volts at the element for a short time then nothing. There is water in the tank, and using the propane heater works fine for water temperature.

I suspect a high temp thermostat may be the culprit, but only for the electric side of things. The fusible link on both units are good, and show continuity.

Any ideas?

Thanks
If you have a shorted element this would be tripping your circuit breaker. You didn't indicate if you are resetting a breaker. Assuming you are not, then the 116-125 is a good reading. When it goes away, just follow the wire back that goes to other controls (like the thermostat). When you find the control that has 116v on one side and the zero (element) voltage on the other side, That is what's preventing the heating. Replace that. (The other side of your meter should stay on the neutral terminal of the element. That wire will not go thru any other controlling devices.)
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:54 AM   #14
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Update>>>>>>>>>>>>

Turns out it WAS the T-Stat associated when using 110 Volt versus the T-Stat for the 12 Volt.

Although they look AMAZINGLY similar when you remove the rubber cover (the cover that says "PRESS TO RESET") I purchased the replacement T-Stat for less than $30 and all is good again. The failed unit didn't look any different from a new one................except that this one works!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:18 PM   #15
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Hi,

The water heater in my 2010 Catalina works just fine but my question is the switch for the electric element on the face of the water heater is extremely hard to switch on and off. I pushed and pushed and stopped without getting it to switch before I broke the switch. Is this switch always hard to push or am I missing doing something? I am trying to get it switched off so I can check the element for scaling and proper operation.
Thank you in advance!!

Please excuse me for asking the obvious.

I have a tendency for looking for the complicated when the simple answer is right in front of me. Could the cotter pin have been in the on/off switch? It is a PITA (for me)to get back in after pulling out so I just leave it out.
Just thought I'd throw this out there.
And if you replace the switch, does it just pull straight out?
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