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Old 04-03-2008, 08:23 PM   #11
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I always flipped the breaker in the breaker panel so that I had inside operation of the electric portion....
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:36 PM   #12
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I leave the outside breaker inside the water heater enclosure off normally, it seems to take too long to heat up vs gas operation. i guess the downside is you pay extra for gas though. we tried the hot water heater, 6 gallon this past weekend and it really doesnt do such a great job heating water, runs out quickly. i guess this is common though.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:09 AM   #13
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LP gas is kinda pricey so we plan to use the electric when we
are on shore power.
I've read where folks who are going to take a shower or want
hot water in a hurry turn on both the electric and gas, you can do that.
OTOH for day to day hand washing & doing the dishes, I imagine the electric
element will save you some gas.
Also, the electric is quiet. We always try to remember to shut off
the gas WH when we're going to bed.
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:16 PM   #14
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lucky me
my fridge, water heater and an outlet are all on the same 20 amp breaker
it was originally a 15 amp breaker and when the fridge was on electric and the water heater was heating it pulled 14.5-14.9 amps sometimes 16 and pop goes the breaker, and used to get very very HOT
so i swapped in a 20 amp and viola its all good
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Not trying to tell you what to do, but I don't know if that's a good idea to replace the breaker with a larger one. The 15 amp breaker was used probably because it is connected to 14-2 wire. A 20 amp breaker needs 12-2 wire at a minimum. The breaker is designed to trip before the wire's insulation begins to melt. With a 20 amp breaker connected to 14-2 wire, it will not trip before the wire's insulation begins to melt. Thus, this is an unsafe situation that could result in a fire.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:48 PM   #15
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Purchased my 8317SS new last July. I never knew that I had the electric heat option on my water heater until last week when a friend showed me the hidden switch on his new unit located outside behind the access panel of the water heater.

When I arrived at a campground this past weekend and after hooking up and ensuring that the tank was full of water I took the cotter pin out and switched it in the on position. Never got any heat. I looked at the breaker inside and it was in the on position (flicked it off and back on just in case).

Any ideas on how to get it working?
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:21 PM   #16
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Not trying to tell you what to do, but I don't know if that's a good idea to replace the breaker with a larger one. The 15 amp breaker was used probably because it is connected to 14-2 wire. A 20 amp breaker needs 12-2 wire at a minimum. The breaker is designed to trip before the wire's insulation begins to melt. With a 20 amp breaker connected to 14-2 wire, it will not trip before the wire's insulation begins to melt. Thus, this is an unsafe situation that could result in a fire.
you know i cant remember what size wire it is, now i have to go look
thanks for the heads up
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The switch on the inside wall is to turn on the gas hot water heater only if it is the dsi model. The switch on the heater itself is for electric operation. Under heavy use you may use both for quick recovery it would be easier if the electric switch was inside however this is the way suburban
heaters are designed. This is in most cases a option in trailers.
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