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Old 05-05-2015, 06:16 PM   #11
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What is the reset button for on the front of the outside panel?
There are two resets, one for the gas power (12VDC) and one for the electric element (110AC). If the WH overheats, these will open up. You push them in to reset them after it cools off (and hopefully figure out why it got that hot).
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Seems like a fair way to do it doesn't it?

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My switch is right next to the propane switch, doubt I'll forget.

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I agree! Leave it on as turning on/off heating elements is what causes the element to eventually burn out. It's all about the heating/cooling of the element that causes it to become brittle and eventually the metal fractures.
Incandescent light bulbs suffer the same fate. Saw a tv program about the oldest "living" light bulb known. It has been ON for well over 100 years. That is enough evidence for me!!!!
I agree that turning electronics on and off is the big killer. I have a frequency counter on my radio bench that has been on since 1988. Except for a few power outages, it has had power to it 24/7 and still works like new. The expansion and contraction of electronic components shorten their lives, especially capacitors.
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I agree that turning electronics on and off is the big killer. I have a frequency counter on my radio bench that has been on since 1988. Except for a few power outages, it has had power to it 24/7 and still works like new. The expansion and contraction of electronic components shorten their lives, especially capacitors.
The electric heating element in a water heater is designed to go on and off as it heats the water and turns off... The main cause of them burning out is lack of water. Turning them on and off at the switch or breaker has no ill effect on them. An incandescent light bulb is a little different as it can be turned on and off but will last longer if left on 24/7.
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The electric heating element in a water heater is designed to go on and off as it heats the water and turns off... The main cause of them burning out is lack of water. Turning them on and off at the switch or breaker has no ill effect on them.
And if you're leaving the electric heaters off because you think you're "saving" them, I'd have to ask, "What are you saving them FOR?" You have to use them SOME time, or not use them at all.
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We Use electric exclusively untill shower time, then we use both for faster recovery. Then once showers are over back to electric. When we camp without shore power then we use propane obviously.
+1 This works great for us as well.
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I'll just go with the propane. One less thing to worry about. That water heater doesn't use that much propane!
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Ours is always on electric, when we set up camp double check that waters flowing and flip on the switch, turn it off the morning we leave. If boondocking its the same and the gas kicks in and gets the job done.
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I put one of these on the outside panel to remind me to turn off the electric before disconnecting.

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