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Old 04-19-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Water heater electric element on the blink

First post. Does anyone here know how to test a water heater electric element other then turning it on? I have the Suburban SW 10 DE.

I have searched Surburbans page, nothing. Another guy said something about "ohm's" but i could not find info for the amount of ohm's it should have etc.

Can I just take it out and check it or????

the propane side works fine.

I wonder if the the propane and electric have seperate shut off's when it reaches temp ? Or do both have just one?
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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First of all WELCOME. Ask and ye shall find. In a hurry, search and ye shall find faster. Many basic questions have been covered before. Site has been around a few years. Check this thread,

Water heater element

If not, do a search, the answer is here, I've seen it. Basically it should be only a few ohms. Make sure there is no power on the element, best to unhook the wires, then check resistance, (ohms).

Hope it helps.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:01 AM   #3
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the element is not very expensive. seems like around $15. i'd just change it out.

if the hw heater was turned on empty, chances are that the element is burnt. they do not last very long with no water.

It appears to me that the gas and elec have their own thermostats.

if ur going to use an ohm meter, i would remove both wires from the element. then i would check resistance between the two terminals. if u get a reading, i would consider it good then check resistance between each of the terminals and the metal thread area (or the trailer) if u get a reading here, i would suspect wires touching the case inside.

naturally the easiest way would be to remove the protective cover then apply power and check to see if u have voltage at the terminals. if u do, bad element. if u don't, start working backwards.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #4
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Thanks windrider and jimh. that should get me to the problem without spending a bucket of money.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:14 AM   #5
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If your water heater element screws in you can get a
large socket to fit from the plumbing isle of your favorite
Home Depot, Lowes or a well stocked hardware store.
It's not made like a mechanics socket but rather is
stamped out of heavy sheet metal. It's cheap looking
but will do the job. (Ask me how I know )
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:28 AM   #6
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Thanks windrider and jimh. that should get me to the problem without spending a bucket of money.
i did an edit on my post and inserted the manual for it.
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Thanks jimh. that will help alot.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #8
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Another way to check it is to put a DC voltmeter on the wires to the element. If you have power and it does not heat it is shot.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #9
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I think reply number 8 should read an AC voltmeter. The electric element is 120 volt AC only. The control board for the gas is 12 volt DC.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #10
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Thanks for correcting me! Sorry about that.
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