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Old 05-30-2017, 12:46 PM   #1
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Water Heater issues

Hey Guys---and yes I have read the manual and it's underwhelming. For starters, does the system know/care if we are plugged in to 30 Amp service or boondocking? There is an on/off toggle outside by the burner, does this shut off the entire water heater or is there also an electric element that heats while plugged in? The problem at hand is the tank seems hot, but not as hot out of the faucets. AND does anyone really adjust the burner at elevation?
Any help is really appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:52 PM   #2
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Is this an on-demand tankless water heater?
Make & model of water heater will get you better answers.
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If yours is like mine, it uses both propane and electric to heat up. The on/off switch only turns off the electric elements. (But you never ever want to turn that on if the tank is empty...I usually drain my water heater if it's going to be stored for a week or longer...I get bad smells if I leave water in it.)

Many use both propane and the electric to heat up but we've found just the electric works fine for us. (We space out our showers...I usually like one at night and the Mrs. likes her morning shower.)
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It sounds like you have a Suburban water heater, which is often ill-explained by dealers in the operation/use of.

We have a detailed FAQ about it here:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

You may also have the crossover valve incorrect (water not hot enough at the taps vs the tank), which is explained also in the thread above as well as here:

NO (OR LUKEWARM) HOT WATER -Please read first
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:41 PM   #5
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Crossover valve

Not at the coach now but I bet I screwed up the valves after de-winterizing. I also have a problem with our toilet constantly plugging up ( water in, not wast out) and it looks like anode rod debris. This might explain a lot. THANK YOU for all the input and links to a much discussed topic. Barry
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Not at the coach now but I bet I screwed up the valves after de-winterizing. I also have a problem with our toilet constantly plugging up ( water in, not wast out) and it looks like anode rod debris. This might explain a lot. THANK YOU for all the input and links to a much discussed topic. Barry
Probably...the blue and red should have both valves open and the short one connecting them should be closed. (We've all done this but the funniest faux pas is when we go to drain the water heater and get a quick shower from forgetting to relieve the water pressure!!)
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:57 PM   #7
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Not at the coach now but I bet I screwed up the valves after de-winterizing. I also have a problem with our toilet constantly plugging up ( water in, not wast out) and it looks like anode rod debris. This might explain a lot. THANK YOU for all the input and links to a much discussed topic. Barry
It is not explained well in any of the materials that I received, but NEVER drain your hot water heater through the low point drains.

Always close the winterization valves; then drain removing the anode/plug.

There is an awful amount of debris in the bottom of the tank; calcium nuggets and bits of anode that can be swept into the cold water line at the bottom of the tank if you drain the tank through the low point drains.

When you re-pressurize the camper, that crud will get pushed into the toilet valve and faucets; clogging them.
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I have had to replace the Suburban SW6D SW6DE SW10D SW10DE Water Heater Circuit PC Module Board 520814 ... twice, so far. (it's abailable on eBay)
Can anyone guess what the real problem is?
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I have had to replace the Suburban SW6D SW6DE SW10D SW10DE Water Heater Circuit PC Module Board 520814 ... twice, so far. (it's abailable on eBay)
Can anyone guess what the real problem is?
Bad converter putting out too high a voltage??
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I have had to replace the Suburban SW6D SW6DE SW10D SW10DE Water Heater Circuit PC Module Board 520814 ... twice, so far. (it's abailable on eBay)
Can anyone guess what the real problem is?


???? No, but I want to.
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