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Old 07-18-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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I think I burned out my WH's electric heating element

Hi all,

I tried using the electric heating element of our water heater last weekend and it didn't work. I've been using gas since we bought our Surveyor 294, but I suspect I hit the switch when it was empty at some point.

Is this a difficult/expensive repair? Now that we're at a permanent campground and have electricity, I would like to use the electricity rather than gas...

thanks!

James
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Very easy fix other than the wrench size is quite large(can't remember the size).I ran ours the first time out with the water heater dry.You just drain water heater,unhook wires from element and turn the element out,then reverse to hook up.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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Very easy fix other than the wrench size is quite large(can't remember the size).I ran ours the first time out with the water heater dry.You just drain water heater,unhook wires from element and turn the element out,then reverse to hook up.
And one last thing - install the hairpin shaped pin into the electric side toggle switch when you are all done changing it out.

That should serve as a reminder to check the water level in the WH before turning the electric on.

And one last last thing - instuct your family members to do the same.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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Very cheap fix. Not sure if this is the exact one you need but the prices seem right:
Amazon.com: Camco 02103 1000w 120v Screw in Water Heater Element - HWD: Home Improvement
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:43 PM   #5
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It's an easy replacement. Just be sure to get the right size, 1000W or 1500W. Check the manual to see which one.

It takes a 1.5 inch socket. I ended up getting one at Lowes for $7. It was short enough to get behind the gas tube assembly so I didn't have to remove it.

As B47 said put the cotter key in the On switch when you shut it down. I do that religiously every time we pack up.

Here's what I found from the previous owner.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
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And I replace my anode rod every year as well. Keeps your water system from getting fouled. I think those take a 1 1/16 socket.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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... I've been wanting to ask. How do you get the pin back into the switch? The switch is behind everything and I cannot get an open shot at the tiny pin hole. How do you get this accomplished? My unit is a Suburban. Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #8
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I am with you Gus,once you get that little (igogho8w) pin out I never want to put it back in! Youroo!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #9
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long needle nose pliers !
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Thanks turbo. I've tried with a shorter needle nose pliers. I'll get a longer one. But there is so much crammed into that corner that I can't get a clear shot at the hole, assuming I could even see it. I'll try again.
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