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Old 05-14-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Water heater electric switch

I searched the forum, but could not find any answers to my question so here goes:

I own a 2012 SV-294 and I know that it has a switch to turn on propane access for the hot water tank, but I cannot see anything related to a switch for electricity on or related to the hot water tank. Is there a switch somewhere to turn the electric heater on or off? Also, are electric or Propane heating of the tank mutually exclusive on this model, or can I use both at once? Some models appear to allow both at the same time.
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If you have the dual powered Suburban brand heater, this may help, as the electric heating element switch is usually located on the front of the water heater itself:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

Not all water heaters have the electric heating element, and are propane only.

The brand and model water heater you have would help, as the model number let's us know if it is combo propane/electric or not.
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If you have the dual powered Suburban brand heater, this may help, as the electric heating element switch is usually located on the front of the water heater itself:

Suburban's electric switch and much more

Not all water heaters have the electric heating element, and are propane only.

The brand and model water heater you have would help, as the model number let's us know if it is combo propane/electric or not.
Mine is indeed a Suburban brand Water Heater. I'll have to look again to determine the specific model. I'll post details when I can get them. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:33 PM   #4
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On our tt there is an outside 'grille' type metal access door. Behind it is water heater components... There should be a switch in there to switch on or off for electric heating... Otherwise it automatically heats using propane
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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Make SURE it's full of water before you flip the electric switch or you'll burn up the heating element in short order!

There will also be a 15amp breaker for the water heater in your breaker box. That also needs to be closed for the electric to work.

Some people leave the switch at the heater ON and use the breaker to turn the electric to the heater on and off. There's been a great debate over whether this is good or bad for the breaker (let's not get into it here - you can do a search for it if you want). You'll have to make you own decision.
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Electric Hot Water.

I was also wondering about a switch for electric heater in the hot water tank, Ours is a 2010 rockwood 8280WS, Not able to find a switch for electric heat.
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I was also wondering about a switch for electric heater in the hot water tank, Ours is a 2010 rockwood 8280WS, Not able to find a switch for electric heat.
you should have the manual for the WH, which should be a Suburban.
there are pics in there, showing where the electric switch is.
it's accessed from the outside WH vented hatch door. there's a black toggle switch that may have a cotter pin thru it.
DON'T turn it on until you make sure that there's water in the WH.
otherwise, you'll burn the heating element out in seconds.
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