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Old 07-06-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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Water heater run on electric only

I have a 2014 Silverback 29RE and don't want to run the water heater on propane. I assume it's water & electric because I found the switch outside under the burner tube to turn on the electric, but every time we take a shower, the propane flame turns on. I have pressed the reset button but don,t know what to do next?
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I have a 2014 Silverback 29RE and don't want to run the water heater on propane. I assume it's water & electric because I found the switch outside under the burner tube to turn on the electric, but every time we take a shower, the propane flame turns on. I have pressed the reset button but don,t know what to do next?
Shut it off at the control panel with the switch labeled Water Heater.

It doesn't use much propane and your showering experience shows it is needed for quicker recovery than when it's on just electric.
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Does that just shut off the propane.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:24 PM   #4
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Turn off the switch inside.

There are two completely separate heating systems.

The switch (and DSI fail light) inside is for DC/Propane and the black one outside is for AC (shore power).

Remember to switch that one off too when you are not using it to heat the water with shore power. Easy to forget and drain the water heater; destroying the heating element.
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Does that just shut off the propane.
Yes! 2 separate heating systems.
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Does that just shut off the propane.
Well, no . The only way to shut off the propane is to close the valve on the tank(s).

The inside switch only shuts off the DC control power that powers the gas solenoid and the flame control board so it will not heat with propane.
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This switch controls the propane. I have the same 29 RE.

The breaker has to be on for electric.

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The switch inside the water heater has to be on.

Turn off the switch on the control panel and will stop the DSI and propane.

I like to use the propane if I am paying for electricity.


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The breaker has to be on for electric.

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On mine the breaker only controls the electric. If only wanting to run propane leave it off and turn on the switch on control panel.

Waiting for a new gas valve and probably order a new module board. Not getting any current to the wires at the valve. Have to wait and call to see if I fried it while testing.

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On mine the breaker only controls the electric. If only wanting to run propane leave it off and turn on the switch on control panel.

Waiting for a new gas valve and probably order a new module board. Not getting any current to the wires at the valve. Have to wait and call to see if I fried it while testing.

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Water heater has a 12 volt 15 amp fuse in the power center.

Also examine the thermostats for damage; the one for the gas system is on the right under the rubber cover.
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