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Old 04-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #11
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If there was a switch that would default to the 'off' position when the 120V power source is disconnected, you'd have a set-up that would be more preventative. I believe that most of the element burnouts happen when you plug in the shore power after winter storage without realizing that you left the power 'on' to the water heater after the last trip. The element to toasted after a few minutes (don't ask to how I know).

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Everyone on here operates with some type of list....at least that is what I'm hearing. This will just go on the list.....turn switch for water heater OFF.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:47 AM   #12
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"List", I don't use no stink'n check list....
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:35 AM   #13
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If there was a switch that would default to the 'off' position when the 120V power source is disconnected, you'd have a set-up that would be more preventative. I believe that most of the element burnouts happen when you plug in the shore power after winter storage without realizing that you left the power 'on' to the water heater after the last trip. The element to toasted after a few minutes (don't ask to how I know).

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Default to off....
Some applications (like my table saw) use a self-latching
relay to control operation. Power is lost and the relay drops
out and requires the press of a push button to re-engage
when power is restored.

Might be useful for this application. Relays are likely
cheaper than heating elements.........

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Old 07-15-2012, 12:24 PM   #14
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I too have a dedicated breaker that I use.

What else is on that breaker if it in not just for the water heater?
Ours has the Hh on the same breaker as the refrigerator. More strange is I can not find anyplace where it is plugged in. It looks to be hard wired under the WH where I can't get to it. Took us a while to find the electric on/off switch on the WH (behind the access door on the out side). No switch on the inside for the WH only.

I like the ideal of the lighted switch.
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