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Old 04-19-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation Plugs and Electric Water Heater

I have some plugs in my 2005 Surveyor tha keep tripping the breaker. Wouldn't run a coffee pot or a small space heater or a portable dvd player. They are on a 15 amp breaker. Is that to small or can I go to a 20 amp.also I can't find the switch for my water heater. There is a gas and electric button under the sink with a light between them.Is this it? The water heater is not working period. The element might be bad. I have a 2005 surveyor SV235RS
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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Plugs and hot water heater

If you're running the unit heater and another load like a coffee pot at the same time the 15amp breaker would certainly trip. Not sure if this would be the situation you're talking about. The unit heater alone probably draws 13 amps. As far as the water heater, the switch you're talking about is for turning on the gas part of the heater. First you'll have to make sure the water fills the tank on the heater. To do this you have to turn the hot water taps on in the kitchen and bathroom. You'll hear the air purge from the lines when you do this. When the taps run steady water you should be good. If you have failed to do this, before you turned on the switch you have certainly burnt the element out on your heater. There is also a switch outside in the water heater enclosure for it to operate on electric. You can operate the heater on either or both. It will be on the left side partially hidden so look carefully.
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There is also a switch outside in the water heater enclosure for it to operate on electric. You can operate the heater on either or both. It will be on the left side partially hidden so look carefully.
Below is the outside switch gettmad is referring to.



DO NOT install a larger breaker than that installed at the factory. The wiring in that circuit will not handle it.
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Mine doesnt have that switch. what is the anode rod? I have a hole I thought it was a drain plug.
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Mine doesnt have that switch
If it's a Suburban brand and doesn't have that switch, it won't have the Electric Heat option.

Could it be possible it's an Atwood water heater?
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:22 AM   #6
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The anode is a plug with a sacrificial zinc piece on it. It corrodes so rest of system doesn't - something to do with electrolosis. It should be replaced every year or so as it is not expensive. Make sure you let pressure out of system or you'll get wet (I know). My guess is 90% of heaters don't have the electric power option as it is costly option.
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Look in the outside access panel to your water heater.
The same place that "switch" might have been if you had one and the place where
you'll need to put a drain plug or anode rod/drain plug.
On one side of that area there should be a sticker with all kinds of
information on it.
It will likely tell you if you have a suburban or atwood water heater and
it will have a model number.
If you provide us with the maker and model number we can provide you
with correct information instead of guessing.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #8
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I'll check when I get home.Thanks
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It is a Atwood water heater model# G-C6AA-10E
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