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Old 09-27-2013, 06:02 PM   #11
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Okay, I get it now. I hope I haven't screwed it up. Running off no experience and no homework. I guess I'll learn to read up on stuff before I start setting it on fire.

There's a diagram on the panel showing me where both of those brown wires go, but I don't know what I'm looking at, to be honest. You guys are awesome.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:06 PM   #12
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Oh, crap. Do you think that brown wire is causing it not to work now?
Very possible. I can't tell real good from the pic, but that burned wire.... is it plugged into where it says thermostat?
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OK, I am about to be away from a computer for a few hours, so someone else may take this up before I get back.

Is the burnt wire actually burnt in two anywhere, is the wire blackened ...and/is there melted pieces of it's sheathing stuck in between the wires that you can see (this would prevent good electrical flow)?

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Not that I can tell, on either subject. It looks to me that the wire is still intact, but there is some of the sheathing that's pretty well blackened, so there may be a little bit mixed in throughout the wires...but not that I see.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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after u have made the repairs, try making sure something hasn't got into the burner or tube leading to it. also make sure the orifice (where the gas comes out and mixes with the air) isn't plugged.
sometimes a spider or something might crawl up in there and make itself at home. this will cause it to come out where it shouldn't and burn the wires. the path thru the heater should be checked but i would watch it light and see if this is a concern.
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I really don't know a lot about camper Water heaters, but I have worked on a lot of home electric ones. When I come across burnt wires like that, it usually tells me that the nearest thermostat has stuck on and got really hot and the breaker did not pop fast enough. The wire heats up and melts the covering. I always change out the thermostat close to that wire and also change out that wire. Be glad that it is not coming on anymore, to tell you that you have a problem that needs to looked at by someone who knows what he is doing. Breakers and Fuses are there for reasons such as this. Shut the power and what ever you can to the WH and heat up your water on the stove until you know exactly what is wrong and that it is fixed right.

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Not that I can tell, on either subject. It looks to me that the wire is still intact, but there is some of the sheathing that's pretty well blackened, so there may be a little bit mixed in throughout the wires...but not that I see.
The wire is now a little bit brittle and the covering may flake off at any time. This is an electrical safety hazard. If making a short term repair, wrap it up in black electrical tape (110v power off when doing this). Once home replace it with a new wire
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