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Old 09-17-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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switch on water hearter

Tried to turn on electric water heater on camper for the first time last night and the switch is frozen solid. (I did pull the pin first) My initial two thoughts are to spray with lube or put the pin back in and forget about it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:42 AM   #2
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I think I would try to squirt some WD40 in the switch with the power off.It is alot cheaper to use electric hot water than propane.If that doesn't work it would still be more economical to get a new switch than to keep using propane.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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The same thing happened to mine once. I figured I may as well try to free it up as it was going to need to be replaced anyway so I sprayed it with some contact cleaner then put a wooden dowel against it and gave it a tap with a hammer. It broke free but didn't break! I sprayed it with some more contact cleaner and flipped it on and off a dozen times and it has worked ever since.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:30 PM   #4
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Thanks --
would have been a real pain to replace this switch, it is tucked in there real tight. The break free worked and the switch is moving now.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:11 PM   #5
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Mine is stuck in the on position.
I just use the circuit breaker in the power center to control it.
Others have posted theirs is on a circuit with something else so they
don't have that option. Mine is on it's own breaker.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:46 PM   #6
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The switch has probably seen some water and humidity. The only solution is to replace it if you cannot unseize it with a penetrant. This is just like the switch light that you have on the outside front of the trailer. They dont last. It is a good idea to rock the switch once and a while to make sure it will not seize.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:29 PM   #7
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Mine is stuck in the "on" position, also. Looks pretty flimsy, I was afraid it would break, if I forced off. I also use the breaker to operate it.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:34 AM   #8
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NorminN.B. It is the best way to operate it from your breaker from now on. I will make sure I leave my switch in the ON position just in case the same happens to me . I have a minilite 2011 and the front light switch already had to be replace because it was seized. As long as you shut off your breaker when you dont need it!!!
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:57 AM   #9
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Be careful with the WD40 and other spray lubricants etc. Some of them are very flamable! If not the chemical itself the propelant can be. I know WD40 is for sure!
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I think I would try to squirt some WD40 in the switch with the power off.It is alot cheaper to use electric hot water than propane.If that doesn't work it would still be more economical to get a new switch than to keep using propane.
I would use elctro contact cleaner, I have seen stuff like WD40 or LPS, carb cleaner, etc. melt/soften plastic parts
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