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Old 06-30-2015, 05:43 PM   #1
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How to turn Electric water heater off on 2016 21fbrs

When I plug up to power my electric water heater automaticly turns on. The only Water heater switch is on the panel and it turns on the gas water heater. There must be some way to cut it off. I would like to leave my 21fbrs plugged in so the DV can run the air when doing stuff and getting ready for camping without running the water heater. Anybody know how. I would like to install a switch.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:50 PM   #2
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It would help if you post the make and model number of your WH. I'll guess there is a switch behind the burner tube. Have a good look there.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:54 PM   #3
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DW turns off the breaker when we leave, ours has a switch on the outside where you would take out the plug to winterize, hope that helps
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:59 PM   #4
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Sounds like you have a suburban WH. The switch is in the lower left corner of the heater You need to open the outside access panel. it is hidden behind the gas line. It may have a cotter pin in it to prevent it from being turned on by accident. CAUTION. if the electric element is energized with the water heater empty, it will burn up the element in seconds.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:06 PM   #5
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Like Flybob said look in the lower left hand corner of the outside access panel for the water heater.

Just switch it off and leave it off till you absolutely need it.

Like a camper full of folks who need showers; then turn both switches on - gas and electric. Turn the AC switch back off and pin it off.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:25 PM   #6
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I see it now said the blind man. I called myself looking for it, just didn't look hard enough. Thanks everyone. Record response time.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:01 PM   #7
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Open the exterior cover of the water heater, look for a small switch. It is pretty well hidden but should find it. If not turn the breaker off.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:40 PM   #8
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Switch

I was able to add a lighted switch w/ pilot light inside the unit right next to the thermostat. It works great and saves me from the finger cuts.
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My circuit breaker box has a switch type breaker that I turn off.
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Old 07-04-2015, 07:44 AM   #10
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My circuit breaker box has a switch type breaker that I turn off.
It is not recommended to use a circuit breaker as a switch when the circuit is energized. It is NOT designed to do that. It is designed to open during a current overload and will not close until it cools down and is manually reset.

When routinely forced open when energized, the contacts in the circuit breaker will become burnt from arcing; the resistance will increase; when powered, the increased resistance will cause the breaker to run hot; draw excessive current, and open prematurely.

Find the on/off switch and use that. It is designed to switch when powered and why they put one there.
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