Originally Posted by arich4387
Yep I see that now. Looks like a trip to Home Depot is in my future to get a new element.............
Only if you turned ON the electric heating element switch with no water in the tank (and you were connected to a form a 120 AC power)
If a no on either, then you wouldn't have burned out the electric element. Just turning on the propane/dsi switch with no water in the tank will not burn out the electric heating element. You must energize the electric heating element itself to burn it out and it's on it's own switch.
Also, in the second pic you posted of the rubber cover over the ECO hi-limit/thermostats, you need to push both round parts that say reset. The left one is for the electric heating element and the right one is for the dsi/propane side.
If you dry-fired the water tank with the propane, it's likely that it heated the tank up quickly..and what happens then is the ECO (Emergency Cut Off) portion of both sides tripped even though it was only the propane side making the heat (they are both connected to the tank wall and affected by temperature). You need to reset both sides to make sure because if the left hand one is still tripped, the electric heating element cannot come on.
This is what is behind that cover. The left side controls the electric element and the right side controls the propane/dsi.