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Old 06-20-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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No hot water on Electric side

Surburban 6 gallon unit on my Windjammer. No hot water on eletric side, so the element has to be gone, right.

With much research here on replacing the hot water element, I found out that wasn't the problem. Bought the new element (Amazon) and 1 1/2 inch socket (Lowes has these BTW). Old element was a bit corroded but fine looking (no splits).

Anyway, back to research and found out about the hi/lo thermostats. I pulled the reset cover off the thermostats and sure enough, the fusible link was gone on the left side (AC thermostats). Right sided DC propane thermostats were fine with link in place.

So my point is don't assume you have a bad element just because your hot water heater won't work on electricity. A DVM check on the zero voltage across the element would have told me that.

So, now I have an extra (older) element, another thermostat on order for a backup and a lot more experience with Surburban RV water heaters.



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Old 06-20-2014, 10:40 AM   #2
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Thanks for the reminder. My electric side of my water heater isn't working. I guess I ought to figure out why...

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Old 06-20-2014, 10:56 AM   #3
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When dealing with electricity, it is best to have a multi-meter and troubleshoot cause of malfunction before starting changing parts. It can get costly and frustrating chasing a ghost......
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:23 AM   #4
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Uploaded a pic of the culprit.


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Old 07-05-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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On mine I found a small switch next to the element that was off. Turned on= lts of hot water.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:22 PM   #6
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Still, you didn't have to pay somebody to find the problem plus you have spare just in case

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