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Old 06-03-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Water heater stuck "on"

First time out in 6 months this past weekend. Switched the water heater on with the little black button and when I was packing up to leave it will not turn off. Switch is stuck to "on". I know I could probably force it but I know it will break if I do. When at home hooked to shore power and no water I am just keeping the breaker off. Any problems in this?

Any ideas on how to repair the switch other than replace the unit, which I really do not want to do since after a flush and new anode rod it is working GREAT.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:05 PM   #2
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First time out in 6 months this past weekend. Switched the water heater on with the little black button and when I was packing up to leave it will not turn off. Switch is stuck to "on". I know I could probably force it but I know it will break if I do. When at home hooked to shore power and no water I am just keeping the breaker off. Any problems in this?

Any ideas on how to repair the switch other than replace the unit, which I really do not want to do since after a flush and new anode rod it is working GREAT.
These little black switches are bad about getting stuck. I keep an extra one in my RV just for when it happens. My local RV dealer has them on his front counter for about $10.

http://www.amazon.com/Suburban-Eleme...2XENACZ9BQF3BW

As long as the breaker to the outlet that the water heater is plugged into is off (or if is direct wired the same thing), then you're good to go...and won't burn up the element....since no 120 volt power is going to the element.

You can work with it to see if you can get it to work loose, but if not replacement is simple. You just have to release the tabs holding it in and unplug the old wires. Installation is putting the wires back on the terminals and snapping the switch back into the housing. The burner tube that's in the way, is the hardest part.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:13 PM   #3
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Thanks, that's kind of what I figured. Not a big deal to just leave the breaker off and it is too hot now to play around with replacing it. I know what you are talking about with the switch, I have replaced those on other things before. Maybe in the winter.....
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