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Old 08-19-2018, 12:28 PM   #1
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Hot Water wonít shut off

I just got a New to Me trailer(2015). Even though the hot water switch is off - we are getting hot water in the system.
I am currently sanitizing the system, running 15 or so gallons of water thru the system and the hot water is still Hot even though I havenít turned it on. I AM plugged into shore power.

What could cause this?
Here is a pic of the wall switches. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-19-2018, 12:30 PM   #2
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You most likely have a suburban water heater and the electric element is still on.


That switch in your picture is just to the gas/propane side of the water heater.


Hold on and Ill get you a link
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Here you go, read this and where the electric heating element switch is located.


Suburban's electric switch and much more


If you drain the water heater with this switch still on, and you are connected to shore power..you will burn up the heating element. make sure to read the link above and turn off the switch to electric heating element.
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Here you go, read this and where the electric heating element switch is located.


Suburban's electric switch and much more


If you drain the water heater with this switch still on, and you are connected to shore power..you will burn up the heating element. make sure to read the link above and turn off the switch to electric heating element.

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Old 08-19-2018, 01:19 PM   #5
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Yup.

Make sure to find that electric power on/off switch before draining the water heater......or youíll be buying a new electric element too.

Besides....draining that hot water can burn you while itís still under pressure too.
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:56 PM   #6
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Yes yes yes. That was it. When the seller went over everything, he didnít mention that- thank god I didnít burn out the element.
Everything is GREAT.
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Here you go, read this and where the electric heating element switch is located.


Suburban's electric switch and much more


If you drain the water heater with this switch still on, and you are connected to shore power..you will burn up the heating element. make sure to read the link above and turn off the switch to electric heating element.
Or if you find the switch on the WH to be too big of a pain you can simply go to your electric panel and turn off the circuit breaker for the water heater.
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If you drain the water heater with this switch still on, and you are connected to shore power..you will burn up the heating element. make sure to read the link above and turn off the switch to electric heating element.
FWIW, Brian of FR mentioned at one of his seminars that the element that has been used for the last several years, I don't remember how many, won't immediately burn out if powered up without water. It will burn up eventually, I think he said about 20 minutes to an hour or so. HOWEVER, if you catch yourself with the element powered without water, DO NOT SIMPLY TURN IT OFF AND FILL THE WATER HEATER! Doing so WILL destroy the element. You need to let the heater sit for an hour or so to allow the element to cool back down before filling with water.
I note that this is mentioned in the last post in the thread you referenced.

Anyway, it is always best to check that the tank is full before turning on the electric element...
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You might have a switch on the tank I do
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