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Old 05-08-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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No hot water via electric...do these photos show a possible reason?

We are about to leave for our first voyage of the year...cant get any hot water via electric. Here are pics of the knobs on the back of the hot water heater. Any ideas as to why no hot water...are some knobs not turned properly? Any help would be great.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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It looks to me like the valves are in the correct position, especially after looking at the middle pic. Look for a switch down there somewhere. Probably a rocher switch that might have a cotter pin in it. That switch prevents someone from turning the water heater on elec if there isn't water in the tank. If you find it remove the pin and flip the switch to 'on'. Not knowing what model camper you have you might look outside. Open the exterior water heater door and see if the switch is there.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:23 PM   #3
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It looks to me like the valves are in the correct position, especially after looking at the middle pic. Look for a switch down there somewhere. Probably a rocher switch that might have a cotter pin in it. That switch prevents someone from turning the water heater on elec if there isn't water in the tank. If you find it remove the pin and flip the switch to 'on'.
... AFTER insuring there's water in the water heater by checking the relief valve.
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... AFTER insuring there's water in the water heater by checking the relief valve.
Forgot about mentioning that part, my bad.
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Is it working on propane? If so, your element could be burnt out or the rocker switch or breaker is off.

Do a search, there are a lot of articles out there as well.
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Have you verified there is hot water in the heater and it's just not coming out the taps?

Have you turned the water heater's electric switch on (if so equipped)? I know this sounds silly, but you are plugged into a form of shore power for the electric option to work (it doesn't off batteries)? If you are plugged into a form of shore power, are you using any kind of adapter (ie to plug a 30 amp RV into a 15/20 amp house outlet)?

This link may also help if you have a dual powered Suburban water heater. There's a possible hidden switch that a lot of people miss.:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ore-36197.html
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Forgot about mentioning that part, my bad.
It's only because I had a close call.
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I tested the relief valve on front of water heater behind metal door on outside of camper...water pours out of it. Rocker switch on front of heater is turned to on, and it does work on propane.
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I am plugged into house power via adapter from the 30 amp plug
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I tested the relief valve on front of water heater behind metal door on outside of camper...water pours out of it. Rocker switch on front of heater is turned to on, and it does work on propane.
Any chance the electric switch was left/turned on while hooked to a form of shore power.............and no water in the tank. If so, then the electric heating element is burned up, and will need replacing.
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