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Old 02-01-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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Electric element on my water heater (2012 model 2604) worked for a year then quit. Had a dealer put a new element in and it still didn't work. I thought he just did a crummy job so I ordered another element and put it in myself. Still doesn't work. I have power to both wires attached to element. ANyone have an idea? Thanks, Jack
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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You have water in the tank? You have 120 volts across both wires?
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:42 AM   #3
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Bypass valves set properly?
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:20 PM   #4
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Electric element on my water heater (2012 model 2604) worked for a year then quit. Had a dealer put a new element in and it still didn't work. I thought he just did a crummy job so I ordered another element and put it in myself. Still doesn't work. I have power to both wires attached to element. ANyone have an idea? Thanks, Jack
IF you failed to have water in the tank when you energized the heating element, you immediately destroyed the heating element. It is easy to cause this issue. A "brief" moment of no water verses energizing of the element will destroy the coil. It is not something that requires several minutes of attempted use, absent of water.

If this occurred, and it probably did, the electrical energy would still be readable on the heating element terminals. BUT, the unit will not heat! PERIOD! I speak from experience in causing an element to burn out.

Buy and install a new element, make SURE the water heater tank is full and energize the heater coil. Bet it heats water after about five minutes!
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:29 PM   #5
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Stand back and pull the handle on the pop off valve.
If water comes out- report back.
IF air or nothing comes out you probably have an empty tank and
have burned up yet another element, most likely due to having
the bypass valves in the winter/bypass setting.

See this link for cheapest place to get an element.
Camco 1500-Watt 120-Volt Screw-In Type High Watt Density Water Heater Element-15896 - The Home Depot

Note- HomeDebit has a 1500 watt 120v element which is the correct one.
They also have a 2000 watt 120 v element which is NOT the correct one!


Good luck!
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Old 02-01-2015, 03:10 PM   #6
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Yes to both.
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Yes. Works fine on gas.
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Have you checked the thermostat for the electric side of the heater?
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Just to be positive on one aspect before I share some ideas.......do you have an Atwood water heater or a Suburban?

Easy way to identify: If the Suburban, the latch tab on the access door is plastic, and if an Atwood, it's metal. (BClemens taught me that, and I was just recently at an RV show and verified it is true as I perused the various models)

Also, do you turn on the electric heating element with a switch inside the RV or is it on the face of the water heater?
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I don't know how to check the thermostat. Where is it?
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