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Old 07-30-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Another water heater question

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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.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:56 AM   #2
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Hi

I suspect the switch is faulty or broken. It should be no more difficult than a light switch to push. My sandpiper has the same outside switch and is easy. Hope you can work it out. Maybe try some WD 40 in there to loosen it up. Won't hurt.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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That switch is notoriously hard to switch back n forth even when new.
I would buy a replacement.

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Old 07-30-2013, 07:59 AM   #4
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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!!
I am thinking the switch is corroded internally and needs to be replaced.

If it is corroded "on" there is every likelihood that the heating element has been damaged if power has ever been on your camper without water in the tank.

If the heating element works, then I would leave it alone and use the circuit breaker in the power center to turn it on and off until you can get it repaired.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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Thank you for the responses! I was thinking it was a bad switch. I was hoping not but I will look into getting a replacement as soon as possible. I am thinking the element is burnt out because with the propane tanks unhooked and the water heater electric switch on it won't get any warm let alone hot water!
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:25 AM   #6
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I had the same problem with my switch.
Within 2 years of new it failed to switch off.
Easy fix though. On mine it just popped out and I replaced it with one that lights up when toggled on. You should be able to buy one maybe at radio shack or an electronic shop. On ebay is another good place. Just make should it can handle the amperage.
I used butt connecters to attach the wires. Then I used heat shrink material to cover the connecters.
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How much amperage are we talking about running threw this switch?
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How much amperage are we talking about running threw this switch?
9-13 amps

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Old 07-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #9
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I installed a 20 amp lighted rocker switch. Just because that's all they had.
Take the switch with you to the store to be sure of the correct dimensions.
The lighted part makes it easy to see if it is on or not.
The standard switches are not lighted and it always made me think of whether it was on or not. Especially if it is installed upside down.
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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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