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Old 10-21-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Installation of interior hot water heater switch

I have a combination propane/electric Suburban hot water heater. We use the electric side most of the time since we are in a RV park. It was a pain to open the exterior door to turn the water heater on and off. Not to mention, on occasion, forgetting to turn it off when we left. So I installed a combination switch with light inside. The parts are all available at the big box stores. I just took the wire going from the AC breaker panel to the heater and moved it to the new switch, ran a new wire from the new switch back to the breaker panel, and ran a neutral to the new switch. Now we can turn the heater off and on inside and always know when it's on by the red indicator light. Mounted it right above the Propane Gas detector and near the AC breaker panel. See photo.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Great job. Simple and gets the job done.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:05 AM   #3
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I just flip the breaker
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Not real hard to open the WH door vs cost and time to install new switch. Besides I open the door and drain the WH each time I leave the campground.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:47 AM   #5
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Awhile back I posted a thread about this .
Although I already have an interior Hw on/off switch I found a remote control on/off relay box to do what your asking without running the wiring and mounting switches.
Then your Hw would be ran by remote.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:53 AM   #6
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To each his own. I needed the indicator light so my sons would remember to turn it off when they left.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:59 AM   #7
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I did this switch also instead of using the breaker and wearing out. I can leave the outside switch on and control with the inside switch with a light. Was a simple job to do.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:46 PM   #8
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Dennis, thanks for the info. I was thinking of posting a question about how to install a lighted switch and then found your thread. Plan to do this next week.
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I have a combination propane/electric Suburban hot water heater. We use the electric side most of the time since we are in a RV park. It was a pain to open the exterior door to turn the water heater on and off. Not to mention, on occasion, forgetting to turn it off when we left. So I installed a combination switch with light inside. The parts are all available at the big box stores. I just took the wire going from the AC breaker panel to the heater and moved it to the new switch, ran a new wire from the new switch back to the breaker panel, and ran a neutral to the new switch. Now we can turn the heater off and on inside and always know when it's on by the red indicator light. Mounted it right above the Propane Gas detector and near the AC breaker panel. See photo.
What type of switch is that? Looks like it came in an enclosed box? Another mod I plan on doing
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What type of switch is that? Looks like it came in an enclosed box? Another mod I plan on doing
I don't recall the exact part number of the switch but it's a standard stock item at either Home Depot or Lowe's. The box is just a flush mounted one that you purchase separately. The plate is the same. I purchased all three items at the same time, so I could make sure they all fit together.
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