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Old 07-26-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Hot Water Tank Out of Service

I have a standard 6 gal. Suburban hot water tank on my RV that quit heating with electric. If I switch to LP it works great. Checked breakers and pushed the reset button on tank itself and off on rocker switch is on. I am guessing a heating element, am I headed in right direction? I believe I had seen a video on how to replace element on this heater I will look for. I can get model number if you need it but I am guessing this is a standard tank. Thank you, Drew
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:20 AM   #2
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I have a standard 6 gal. Suburban hot water tank on my RV that quit heating with electric. If I switch to LP it works great. Checked breakers and pushed the reset button on tank itself and off on rocker switch is on. I am guessing a heating element, am I headed in right direction? I believe I had seen a video on how to replace element on this heater I will look for. I can get model number if you need it but I am guessing this is a standard tank. Thank you, Drew
Check voltage to element .
If there's voltage then suspect element.


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Old 07-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #3
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If it is your electric heating element, you can get them at Home Depot. KyDan even provides the model number:

Cheapest price for electric element

It's real common to burn up these elements if you forget to make sure there is water in the tank before turning on the electric heating element switch..........or leaving the switch on and drain the tank.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:56 AM   #4
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The AC side is very simple.

If there is 120 volts AC measured between the element terminals and not heating on AC (alone!) the element is bad.

Remember if the water is hot, the element can be good; just not calling for heat.

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Thank you all for responding. The water was not hot when switch was on. I will check power to element first. Thanks Herk, that is the video I was looking for but could not find.
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I have a standard 6 gal. Suburban hot water tank on my RV that quit heating with electric. If I switch to LP it works great. Checked breakers and pushed the reset button on tank itself and off on rocker switch is on. I am guessing a heating element, am I headed in right direction? I believe I had seen a video on how to replace element on this heater I will look for. I can get model number if you need it but I am guessing this is a standard tank. Thank you, Drew
Don't overlook the thermostat, it switches the A/C just like the power switch. Its located under the outside 4" black outside cover. To the left of the round heater cover. They fail as often as the element.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #7
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Well I found the problem with water heater. Checked voltage to the element and the AC side cut offs and did not have power to either. I checked breakers again and all good. I looked under the sink where the hot water tank is located and found a cord similar to a cord on a vacuum cleaner (the cord led to behind tank) . I checked it with the AC tester and nothing. I moved the plywood panel and found an outlet behind panel and a plug at the end of the cord laying below the outlet. I plugged it in and heater started working. I haven't a clue how it got unplugged unless it came loose on some rough roads we were on lately. Anyhow, all is good and thank you for all the input.
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