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Old 09-26-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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Water Heater....No Instructions...camping currently ;>}

Hello,

How do I turn water heater on?

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Camping at Hunting Island, SC......well worth it

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Old 09-26-2016, 10:26 AM   #2
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Before suggesting how to turn on the water heater, I'm going to ask...
Are you sure the water heater is full of water, and how do you know?

I'm not trying to be a hard ***** but knowledge of how to turn on the water heater is secondary to knowing that it is full of water or damage will result that will require way more technical ability than knowing how to simply turn on the water heater.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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What brand WH do you have?
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:33 AM   #4
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Not knowing the brand, this is just a 50/50 chance of you having a Suburban brand (not Atwood). If so, this detailed FAQ may help:

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:30 AM   #5
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A few years ago I had a Wildwood and it had an Atwood gas/electric water heater.
To use it with gas there was a switch on the control panel, I think, and for electric there was an on/off switch on the water heater itself.
Like the others said, be sure there is water in it. You can check this by gently lifting the pressure relief valve handle with the water connected and on. If the tank is full you will get water out of the valve, if not you will get air. If you get air just hold the valve open until you get water.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:09 PM   #6
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Pictures of water heater - (model #193339?)

Good day! Thanks for the feedback.

A bit more info:
2015 262BHXL

OK, I found he release valve to fill the tank. There is also a reset button below and to the left of the release valve.

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It is a Suburban brand. The operation is fully explained in the link provided in post #4.

Here is the link again:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

Let us know if you have more questions after reading the link.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:32 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone!

I found the electric switch and pump. now I just need to figure out how to turn on the gas part, lite the pilot, etc.

My wife thanks you!!
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I found the electric switch and pump. now I just need to figure out how to turn on the gas part, lite the pilot, etc.

My wife thanks you!!
There is no pilot light. It's direct spark ignition, and is fully explained in the link provided. Just click on the link either in post #4 or # 7 and get ready to read a little.
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You must be sure the water heater is not in the winterization position (bypassed). You may be best to start with propane only until you are confident about the state of the water heater. If you were to turn on the electric heater element with no water you may damage the element. Also if the element is on and then you add water you may damage the element.
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