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Old 04-07-2009, 04:17 PM   #11
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MY BAD!!
I removed the cover over the reset buttons and discovered that one is for 12v side
and the other is for 120v side.
I thought everything under that cover was for 12v! NOT.

The fusible link on the 120v T-stat is burned out.
NO idea why yet.
Will be removing and visually inspecting my heater element and then go from
there. Possibly a pinched wire or even lightning strike.
Probably just a shorted heater element. Still wonder why it burned out the link instead
of kicking the breaker.
As far as I know it worked last season.
No heat this year 1st time we tried it.
I'm sure it was not turned on while empty.
See the picture here
http://tinyurl.com/dgk9on

Thanks for all your help!
Now I'll do some more digging to try to figure out what burned this out and
then I'll be looking for parts.
It's 35 deg and windy today so I'm done for the day!
Retirement is not supposed to be this much work!!

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:21 PM   #12
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I'd bet on a surge. That's about the only thing I can think of that would burn the link like that. Good luck on the parts and better luck on being retired.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:55 AM   #13
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Glad to hear you found the problem. I agree with Bama Rambler about the surge most likely causing the link to burn out. Best of luck.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:15 AM   #14
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Follow up.
I ordered new thermostat and electric element and anode rod from
rvpartscountry.com
The screw in heater was $10 and the anode was $11. The T-stat was $25.

I found my heater was burned out and split open.
That should not have burned out the fusable link in the T-stat but it did so I had
to replace both. My anode is not even close to being half gone so I'm saving
the new one for next season.

We're back to dual heat when needed and thanks for all the advice!
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