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Old 05-08-2014, 11:55 PM   #1
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Suburban Water Heater Issue

For some reason, I can't start a new thread in the FAQ section, so I'm putting it where it'll let me start a new thread.

We have a Suburban water heater, SW6DE. It won't work on electric. Thought the element was burned out, so we replaced it. It still doesn't work on electric. Where do we look next?

Additional question, this one about the toilet. I shut the pump off yesterday and when i went back in the camper today, there is water in the toilet, without pressing down on the flush lever. Where would it come from? Is there a leak somewhere letting it in? Happened twice now in 2 days.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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I have the same heater. Did you open up the cover on the outside of the TT, and turn the a/c power toggle switch to on? You have to do that from the outside. Pretty lame deal. There should be a selector switch on the information panel inside.

As for the toilet. There is water still in the lines even after you disconnect the water, and you will find that you might be able to get a few ounces of water in the toilet if you depress the pedal. It will probably only happen once though until the next time you turn the water off.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:52 AM   #3
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Also , one of those either black or white wires that go to the heating element goes right to the thermostat inside the TT. If those wires are switched around the T-stat might not be getting the signal to turn the element on. Try switching those wires around.

By the way, where did you get the new element? Also is the socket needed to remove the element a standard 1 1/2''? I'm asking because I need to replace mine due to a momentary lapse of memory or brain fart. Jeez!
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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The hi-limit thermostats are also known to fail, especially if you burn out an element. We just talked about them here:

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Maybe this will give you more ideas what to check.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:27 PM   #5
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Also , one of those either black or white wires that go to the heating element goes right to the thermostat inside the TT. If those wires are switched around the T-stat might not be getting the signal to turn the element on. Try switching those wires around.

By the way, where did you get the new element? Also is the socket needed to remove the element a standard 1 1/2''? I'm asking because I need to replace mine due to a momentary lapse of memory or brain fart. Jeez!
>> If those wires are switched around the T-stat might not be getting the signal to turn the element on. Try switching those wires around.

Bad Idea!!

>>where did you get the new element?
See the FAQ/water heater area here--
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:56 PM   #6
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Toilet should have water on the seal at all times. I check my toilet every week during the off season to make sure that there is water covering the seal.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:49 PM   #7
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>> If those wires are switched around the T-stat might not be getting the signal to turn the element on. Try switching those wires around.

Bad Idea!!

>>where did you get the new element?
See the FAQ/water heater area here--
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Bad idea really? Have you looked at the wiring diagram for that heater? One wire goes directly to the thermostat. I would imagine it would make a difference.
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Bad idea really? Have you looked at the wiring diagram for that heater? One wire goes directly to the thermostat. I would imagine it would make a difference.
For one thing, the hi limit switch wires are not long enough to switch, one is about 1-1/2" longer than the other. I would press the button on the 110v hi limit and if it doesn't work, remove the cover (after unhooking from shore power) and inspect the hi limit switch as it is probably burned out also.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:26 PM   #9
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Have you check the breaker for the water heater?
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:19 PM   #10
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Same question asked earlier - did you flip the switch on the outside of your rig to "on"??? Remove the outside hot water heater cover and make sure switch is in ON position... Mine 'a in the lower left corner .... If not, it won't work on electricity ...
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