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Old 12-25-2019, 07:02 PM   #1
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Water Heater Element

I have a 2015 FR Flagstaff 29fbss model.


I am trying to replace the water heater element and I can't not figure it out by the pictures the owners manual shows.


Can someone please tell me where I can change it at? My mother has no hot water and the propane burns too much to keep using it.









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Old 12-25-2019, 07:35 PM   #2
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We have a tutorial in the FAQ subsection that shows how


Suburban water heater electric element R&R


I would test the element before removing it, as the problem could lie elsewhere (switch, thermostat, etc)


To test it, remove the cover as per the link above and also remove the electric wires. Now use a multimeter to check the resistance/ohms. It should be right at 10 Ohms for a good element.


You can check your new one to verify before checking the old one pre-removal..
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Can I ask where you got that element you have pictured showing in your hand. Is it a Suburban brand, and if not did you make sure to get a 120 volt one (not 240 volts).


The Suburban water heater element is of the 120 volt type, and not a 240 volt one like some home water heaters have.


BTW, the propane water heater doesn't just use a whole lot of propane, but the furnace sure does.
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I don’t see an electric element in the picture of the water heater. The label indicates it is propane only.
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I don’t see an electric element in the picture of the water heater. The label indicates it is propane only.

Uhhh, the label shows it as a Suburban SW6DE which the DE at the end means DSI & electric element.


http://www.rvcomfort.com/suburban/se...ater_model.php


Regardless, the pic shows the element cover. Propane only Suburban water heaters do not have the black plastic element cover at the bottom, as the one pictured below from the first post does behind the burner tube. It definitely came with an electric element.


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