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Old 10-11-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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Water Heater electrical burning smell

I have an Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8312SS, with hot water heater running on electrical get strong electrical melting smell inside kitchen cabinet. Do not see any problem from access areas. Thinking problem is coming from junction box that I do not know easiest access to. need to know easiest access point to suburban water heater electrical junction box
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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I have an Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8312SS, with hot water heater running on electrical get strong electrical melting smell inside kitchen cabinet. Do not see any problem from access areas. Thinking problem is coming from junction box that I do not know easiest access to. need to know easiest access point to suburban water heater electrical junction box
I would go over to gas until the smell is found and rectified. Usually you can access the back of the WH by locating the bypass and service valves on the back, inside a cab or behind a false wall, The JB will be there.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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Thanks VinceU, I can assess everything except the junction box, I either have to remove the WH or counter top. Just looking for path of least resistance
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:11 PM   #4
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Wasn't built by a "RV" co. Was it ?


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Old 10-11-2014, 01:21 PM   #5
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Vince, its a Rockwood TT, and the WH is a Suburban. TT is only 3 years old. Pretty disappointed on how the electrical system is wired. the kitchen GFI outlet which we use with coffee pot also runs both TV's, and outdoor outlet that I sometimes use for breakfast skillet. CB is rated 15amp which we can easily overload.
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Lots of people run a separate heavy extension cord temp connected out a window or where convenient during use of a high current appliance. It's source is the "extra" single pole 15 amp duplex outlet on the electric service pole. No more overloading the inside breakers.


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Old 10-13-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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I think I found the source of the burning smell. The 120 volt temp limit thermostat is fried.
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Water Heater electrical burning smell

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Hope htr element isn't the cause
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:10 PM   #9
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I think I found the source of the burning smell. The 120 volt temp limit thermostat is fried.
This summer in Colorado I had problem with water heater. First diagnosis was the on/off switch on water heater was fried. Switch unavailable so wired around it. Water heater worked for maximum of 1 hour. Then found T switch fried. Finally diagnosed that the problem was the wires in the junction box that water heater plugged into. Works fine now after replacing the junctions box. $250.00 later mainly service calls
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Kinda had the same problem. Dealer replaced the T-stats and on/off switch. The switch had melted along with the wires behind it. What was the problem with your wires in the junction box. They actually removed my water heater to check everything. Just wondering if its something I should look at myself. They tested by cycling to heater, but who knows.
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