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Old 05-22-2018, 03:38 PM   #1
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Anyone recognize this wire?

Have a 2018 freelander 26ds. The water heater runs on gas only. Bought a Camco hybrid heat kit to add electric to the water heater.

I pull out a drawer to get to the rear of my water heater and I notice a wire just hanging there. Looks like a flex ac line. It's not connected to anything not capped off. I figure the lines dead but i better check it anyway. I ran it on my meter and get almost 9 volts off of it. I noticed it had a marking on it of WH. The other end looks like it goes through the rv floor, it's hard to see with the small space.
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Old 05-22-2018, 03:56 PM   #2
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Check your breaker panel for a WH/Water Heater breaker, odd that you'd be getting 9V out of it so it must connect to something. I would suspect that was run for 110v water heater and then wasn't used because you have a gas-only WH.

What a horrible safety issue, leaving Romex unterminated/uncapped and obviously connected to something that the other end. If you don't have one, pick up a tone kit to trace wires and try to find where the other end of that wire terminates if it's not obvious in your breaker panel.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:20 PM   #3
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Check your breaker panel for a WH/Water Heater breaker, odd that you'd be getting 9V out of it so it must connect to something. I would suspect that was run for 110v water heater and then wasn't used because you have a gas-only WH.

What a horrible safety issue, leaving Romex unterminated/uncapped and obviously connected to something that the other end. If you don't have one, pick up a tone kit to trace wires and try to find where the other end of that wire terminates if it's not obvious in your breaker panel.
Yea that was my thought away first that is an unused water heater line not sure why it would be there, these units have gas only.
There's nothing in the breaker box panel. The rear of the breaker box is right below where the line is hanging.
Can't figure out where it runs though. The water heater is right next to it. This line runs to below the unit. I crawled under and can't see the line, all the wiring is bundled.
No idea where that 9v is coming from
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Looks to be prewired for an Electric Water heater. Should not be hooked to anything at the other end either. Check your breaker panel and see if it's at back of that. Is your converter close by? The orange wire is 10/2 good for 30 amps. Incoming shore power?
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You do know the electric water heaters plug into a 15A 110V outlet and have no more than one 1,500W element (which would be under 15A), right?
Ya, Ya, you got there before I could delete it. Had my residential electric hat on.
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Ya, Ya, you got there before I could delete it. Had my residential electric hat on.
No worries, I'll go back and nuke my reply as well.
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How were you able to get your test leads onto the ends of those wires?
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How were you able to get your test leads onto the ends of those wires?
I pulled a drawer out to get to the water heater. I was able to reach in and touch the end of the wire with my leads, you can't see from the picture but the end of the wire is exposed
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I would look in the electric service box... I am willing to bet there is a wire that would connect to a breaker. I also assume the ground/neutral wire is connected to something...IE 9V supply YMMV
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I would look in the electric service box... I am willing to bet there is a wire that would connect to a breaker. I also assume the ground/neutral wire is connected to something...IE 9V supply YMMV
Enquiring minds want to know where the 9 volts is coming from
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