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Old 07-11-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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Question dsi fault light came on while using electric mode

I tried to use the electric option for the water heater this weekend.

The switch was turned on in the compartment (what a pain in the ass that is to get to........)
When I turned on the 'water heater' button on the console in the trailer, I could hear it trying to work, but then the 'dsi flt' light came on. It tried about 3 times, that I heard, to 'work' but it did not and the light stayed on.

I shut off the electric option and switched it to gas; this also made the 'dsi flt' light come on, so I bled the lines.

Finally, it came on using gas.

I never tried it again on electric, (the pin in the switch you put in and take out was just too much of a PITA to do again to soon)

Any thoughts as to why it didn't work while on electric?
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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The dsi switch you are selecting to on is only used for the gas side of the water heater. For electric you have to enable the switch on the tank and turn on the breaker that supplies 115 volts to the heating element. Chances are the heater was on with the electric side and as you stated had the fault as the gas line had to be bled. You can heat with both and if you want to use the electric option you can leave the switch on but remember to turn off the circuit breaker when not in use. Some owners have ran a seperate switch to control the AC side so the breaker can remain on.
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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Sounds like you needed to purge the gas line as you did.
I never use both modes but recently I have used electric more because I pay for it in my site fee. You can use both if you have 4 or more taking a shower all at around the same time.
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I always use the "free electricity".......
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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Did not know I had to 'turn on' a breaker to use the electric for the water heater...

I thought that was what the switch was for, in the outside panel of the heater itself.

It makes sense though....because it made that 'clicking' noise as it was searching for propane (but none was on).
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:46 PM   #6
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Here is a link to another answer to your questions. Great Pictures too.

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Old 07-11-2011, 07:08 PM   #7
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Here is a link to another answer to your questions. Great Pictures too.

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Ok....I'm still kinda confused

I looked at the breaker panel and I don't understand how to turn that breaker 'on' because it is 'on' already, if it is the one I am looking at.
It shares a breaker with the converter on my panel.

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You have to turn on the black switch in the hot water cabinet on the exterior of the trailer. The switch is should be in the lower left hand corner and may be hidden behind other parts. Look at picture above for switch location
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Ok, I did that.

I'm wondering how to turn 'on' a breaker in the panel that is already 'on'.?????
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The water heater is definitely connected to one of the circuit breakers. Everything that is 115v will be. You also may not have a dedicated breaker for the water heater. If you don't want to fuss with circuit breakers, just leave them on. Use the exterior switch for the electric source for hot water. That's what I do. I've found that the eraser end of a pencil works perfectly for reaching the switch and turning it off and on. The switch on mine is pretty solid in terms of transitioning from on to off and vice-versa. Has a nice solid "click". No way it's going to switch by itself or on a bumpy road. Not sure why people feel the need for the pin. I don't use it.

You do have to give it some time to heat up with electric. Mine takes a while before I can get any warm/hot water out of it. It's not a quick-recovery type of water heater. Although using both energy sources works a lot quicker if you need hot water fast.
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