Originally Posted by HandymanCharlie
I've read from others who say they leave the outside switch in the on position and control the WH at the breaker box. I'm wondering if switching the breaker on and off frequently is hard on the breaker. I had heard once that the more often a breaker switch is used, the weaker it becomes.
I've considered wiring a switch with an indicator lamp inside the trailer myself, but I suppose that could possibly void the WH warranty if the WH manufacturer wanted to "get nasty".
i had the same thoughts abt the breaker. i don't believe it will cause it to trip later. they aren't that hard to change. if u need one, can be purchased at home depot. take the old one with u to make sure u get the right one. i've been doing it sense 2003 (it only gets flipped abt 8 times/yr).
the indicator light: the best way would be to wire to the element side of the switch and install a small 110 v indicator light. the easy way would be to put an indicator on the breaker output and mount an indicator near the breaker panel.
after looking at the switch, thought it may be easier to use the breaker to control the power to the HW heater. the switch looked like it may be too involved to change out. i've sense read that they just pop out. still i'm a creature of habit and stay with the breaker. i also thought the switch might be harder to come by.