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Old 04-15-2019, 06:23 AM   #1
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Im being lazy and I am hoping somebody knows the solution before I pull out my tester and begin troubleshooting.

Just this morning my wife told me we had no hot water. I leave the electric turned on to my Suburban SW6 DE water heater while I am camping and only use the propane when there will be a greater demand. I turn the switch (located outside on the tank) on when I get to the campground and I turn it off before I leave. Three days ago, I turned it on like I always do, and I had hot water. This morning I have no water being heated from the electric side the propane side works fine.

I started by making sure the outside switch is on, and it is. But when I tried to toggle it to the off position, it wouldnt budge. It is stuck in the on position, but I had no hot water.

At this point, I assume I (hopefully) just need a new switch. Is this a problem anybody has dealt with before? Is it going to be as simple as just replacing the toggle switch and trying to work out why the switch failed?

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Old 04-15-2019, 06:43 AM   #2
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:51 AM   #3
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Hey Bruce, it is very common for this switch to fail. I keep an extra in a drawer based on all the threads I have read about the switch going bad.

I think I picked one up at my local RV dealer for about 10 bucks.
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in the mean time pop it out and use a wire nut on it. You can turn it off at the breaker.
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Had the same happen to mine.
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in the mean time pop it out and use a wire not on it. You can turn it off at the breaker.
Do you know if there is usually enough slack in the wires for me to be able to just pop it out and swap it out without digging deeper into it?

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Hey Bruce, it is very common for this switch to fail. I keep an extra in a drawer based on all the threads I have read about the switch going bad.

I think I picked one up at my local RV dealer for about 10 bucks.
Thank you.

I just called my dealer and they will have two of them for me tomorrow. They are going to cost me $5.59 each.

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Had the same happen to mine.
How did the swap-out go?

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Old 04-15-2019, 07:36 AM   #9
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Mine still works but I noticed yesterday I can't move it.
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You just pry /push on the tab on the top and or bottom ..and pull the switch out. There will be enough wire slack to do this. You may have to repair a wire connection if it is melted as some are occasionally.
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