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Old 09-17-2022, 12:11 PM   #1
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I have a 2020 29VBUD. When I winterized last year I noticed that the anode rod needed replaced. I dewinterized, put in the new rod. Now I only have hot water with gas, no electric. Ideas? It goes in for service in a month or so and I'll mention it to the tech just not sure if that us covered under yhe warranty for life or not
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Old 09-17-2022, 12:51 PM   #2
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Did you turn off the circuit breaker to the water heater at the RVs electric panel when winterized and forgot to turn it on





If a Suburban brand (which have the anode rods), is the black switch to the electric element that is on the face of the water heater itself, turned on.





On another note did you leave the electric switches on when you drained/bypassed the tank for winter. If so, you probably burned up the electric element.
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Old 09-17-2022, 12:54 PM   #3
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Probably your heating element , a quick and easy fix. If its a suburban here is the part got to replace mine Suburban 520900 Water Heater Element with Gasket for SW-Series - 120V https://a.co/d/gqThjs3
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:56 PM   #4
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check the switch

my switch had one of the terminals slide off of it, so no power was getting to the element. quick fix
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I replaced the heating element and that solved the problem. Thanks for your input
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I replaced the heating element and that solved the problem. Thanks for your input


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I replaced the heating element and that solved the problem. Thanks for your input
Don't know if this was the cause but...
In the future, make certain that the water heater is full of water BEFORE you turn on the electric side. Open a hot water faucet and wait til you get a good stream of water out of the faucet. It takes some time to fill the water heater.

We burned up the electric element in our tt because we got careless and forgot to make certain it was full of water.
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I believe that was my issue as well
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I usually shut the breaker off on the distribution panel when we tear down so this does not happen.
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Don't know if this was the cause but...
In the future, make certain that the water heater is full of water BEFORE you turn on the electric side. Open a hot water faucet and wait til you get a good stream of water out of the faucet. It takes some time to fill the water heater.

We burned up the electric element in our tt because we got careless and forgot to make certain it was full of water.
One more thought here: if the water heater is bypassed, a good stream of water out a hot water faucet doesn’t mean the water heater is full. It just means the cold water line input is bypassing the heater and running out the hot water faucet.
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One more thought here: if the water heater is bypassed, a good stream of water out a hot water faucet doesn’t mean the water heater is full. It just means the cold water line input is bypassing the heater and running out the hot water faucet.
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Opening a hot water faucet doesn't insure the water heater is full unless you are absolutely, positively sure the water heater isn't in bypass.

The 100% way to know for sure is open the T&P lever until water flows out.
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I'm too late to the races but....
for future use- Lowes has a screw in element that was less than $9
just the past spring. I see it's gone up to $14 currently.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech-W...lement/3692734
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One more thought here: if the water heater is bypassed, a good stream of water out a hot water faucet doesn’t mean the water heater is full. It just means the cold water line input is bypassing the heater and running out the hot water faucet.
Good point.
However, he did say that he was getting hot water when it was on propane and that wouldn't happen if the hot water heater was bypassed.
My comment was more for the future. They need to make certain the hot water heater is full of water before turning on the electric element.
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Good point.
However, he did say that he was getting hot water when it was on propane and that wouldn't happen if the hot water heater was bypassed.
My comment was more for the future. They need to make certain the hot water heater is full of water before turning on the electric element.
Right... but he wouldn't be getting hot water if the heater were empty either... so I assumed his heater was full in this scenario.

We both know there are members/even guests? who begin reading at the last statement posted and I didn't want someone to be stung by having their heater bypassed and thinking it was full just because they could get water from a hot faucet. Peace.
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I made that mistake my first season. lol
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