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Old 07-01-2014, 03:51 PM   #21
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Ok so later in the day I hear the HW heater burner come on. It reminds me that I should be using the heater in the AC mode, so once the burner goes off, I turn the Gas switch off on the inside panel. Then I go outside and turn the AC HW switch ON.
Then I go inside and I hear the breaker trip. I did this like 4 times last trip. I could never get the AC side to work.
If you turn on the electric right after the propane burner went off, the element shouldn't even come on, as the thermostat wouldn't call for heat since the water is already hot inside the water heater.

If the breaker to the water heater circuit (not the main breaker) is immediately tripping with hot water already, I would say there is a short somewhere between the switch and element.
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:00 PM   #22
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If you turn on the electric right after the propane burner went off, the element shouldn't even come on, as the thermostat wouldn't call for heat since the water is already hot inside the water heater.

If the breaker to the water heater circuit (not the main breaker) is immediately tripping with hot water already, I would say there is a short somewhere between the switch and element.
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:07 PM   #23
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If you turn on the electric right after the propane burner went off, the element shouldn't even come on, as the thermostat wouldn't call for heat since the water is already hot inside the water heater.

If the breaker to the water heater circuit (not the main breaker) is immediately tripping with hot water already, I would say there is a short somewhere between the switch and element.

Yes , Exactly. I know it shouldn't come on at that point, but that is when the Circuit breaker for the Water heater trips. Although I couldn't duplicate it yesterday. I'm going to have to check the wiring.
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:10 PM   #24
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Bingo...


Yes I have the 1500 watt element. Same as the original one. Factory part.
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:13 PM   #25
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What wattage is stamped on the WH element??

There are 2 wattages out there.... both are 120v AC
but
One is 2000 watts and that will draw about 16.6 amps and
will trip a 15 amp breaker in a minute or so.

You need the 1500 watt element that will draw about
12.5 amps.

I'm just grasping at straws but it's possible you have the wrong ones???
Take a look at the one you took out and see what it says.

As far as tripping or not tripping because the gas is/was on or not....
No effect.
Folks often use gas and electric at the same time to get faster recovery
during showers.
Hot or cold tank should not make any difference either.

A weak breaker is a real possibility.
They are easy to replace and cheap.
Home Depot or a well stocked hardware store can sell you a 15 amp
plug in breaker for about $5.
Take your old one with you to be sure you get the right kind.
(I'm thinking it's a TQL but don't hold me to it.)
That's what I'd change next if you don't find any pinched wires.

UNPLUG TRAILER FROM SHORE POWER BEFORE REMOVING A BREAKER.

Good luck!

Thanks for your help for sure. Yes it is a 1500 exact replacement part. It could be the breaker. I might just change it out, so I can eliminate that.
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Yes I have the 1500 watt element. Same as the original one. Factory part.
Sorry. Was hoping to save you some crawling around under the camper.

Back to the wire trace
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