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Old 05-23-2018, 02:10 PM   #1
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Need help on hot water heater element.

I have a 2017 shamrock 21ss. The heating element is bad but I canít find part number. Does anyone know?
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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You should be able to get the model and serial number off of the unit. Should be located outside on a tag if you open your access panel. That should give you all the info you need to research and find what you are looking for.
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Just go to your neighborhood hardware store, camping world, or rv dealer and get the 1400 watt to 1500 watt element. You can also get them online at amazon. Camco makes replacement elements. Don't quote me but I think they only come with one size threaded insert for the latest years, yours included.
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I've replaced mine twice. Found it at the local rv repair shop. I now clean it off in the fall when winterizing. Seems to be working even better than when not cleaned. Be sure to use nylon tape on the thread before installing.
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Just go to your neighborhood hardware store, camping world, or rv dealer and get the 1400 watt to 1500 watt element. You can also get them online at amazon. Camco makes replacement elements. Don't quote me but I think they only come with one size threaded insert for the latest years, yours included.
An important factor is missing here: You must buy a 120 volt element and not a 240 volt element.

All screw-in 120 volt elements and 240 volt elements have a six—sided 1-1/2” nut for removal and installation. All 120 volt screw-in elements have the same threads. Not all 240 volt screw-in elements have the same size threads. It is possible to mistakingly install a 240 volt element into your 120 volt water heater. It won’t hurt anything, but it will take forever for your water to heat up.

Just make sure you buy a 120 volt screw-in element that is not so long that it will touch the other side of the tank. If you buy the 120 volt Camco element, you will have nothing to worry about because it only comes in one length — short.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-02203-S...=Camco+element

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An important factor is missing here: You must buy a 120 volt element and not a 240 volt element.

All screw-in 120 volt elements and 240 volt elements have a six—sided 1-1/2” nut for removal and installation. All 120 volt screw-in elements have the same threads. Not all 240 volt screw-in elements have the same size threads. It is possible to mistakingly install a 240 volt element into your 120 volt water heater. It won’t hurt anything, but it will take forever for your water to heat up.

Just make sure you buy a 120 volt screw-in element that is not so long that it will touch the other side of the tank. If you buy the 120 volt Camco element, you will have nothing to worry about because it only comes in one length — short.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-02203-S...=Camco+element

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Any 240VAC element will be too long to fit in a RV WH. All 1400 to 1500 watt electric elements will be 120VAC and short in length. I also specifically said to get a Camco element. My local hardware store has Camco elements in stock. Though other manufacturers make 1400/1500 watt elements that fit.
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Any 240VAC element will be too long to fit in a RV WH. All 1400 to 1500 watt electric elements will be 120VAC and short in length. I also specifically said to get a Camco element. My local hardware store has Camco elements in stock. Though other manufacturers make 1400/1500 watt elements that fit.
Scrapper,

I am not being argumentative, but you are very wrong about the length of 240 volt elements and 120 volt elements. I have been a plumber since 1982, a Master since 1992. Water heater repairs are one of my specialties. It seems that you are basing your statement just on what you have seen at hardware stores. My statement is based on 36 years of professional experience.

Just in case you think I don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a link to Reliance, the company that provides elements for most major-brand electric water heaters. Check out part number 9000253, a long 120 volt element, and part number 9000132, a short 240 volt element. Those are just a couple of the numbers I know off the top of my head, but there are more. Check it out:

http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/...ts-Catalog.pdf

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