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Old 08-08-2022, 04:43 PM   #1
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Water heater breaker

Anyone have any ideal why the water heater breaker is tripping? I am not using the water heater. All switches are OFF for the water heater. I am plugged into my house outlet for shorepower. If i turn the breaker on it trips
My house breaker. Is it because i am plugged to my home shorepower and not a 30amp site?

I left the breaker off and the gas ignited and the flame was there to heat up the tank. I cannot figure out why this breaker is tripping
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Can you give us the make and model of the heater?
Do you have a switch inside the access door for the electric side of the heater?
If so, and it's on then the element is likely bad.
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Old 08-08-2022, 04:55 PM   #3
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Please post make and model number of the WH.
Is it a propane and electric WH?
If so, did you check the WH's electric element? It may have fried if it was energized without water in the WH.
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Old 08-08-2022, 04:58 PM   #4
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On my trailer, when I was deciding to purchase it, the electric portion of the H2O heater would trip the breaker. Reset and it would trip again. Gas side worked without issue.
I figured $20 heater element would fix the issue. Turns out the 120 wiring at the unit was terrible. Found the hot lead in a melted mess. Surprised it never started a fire, it was that bad. CLeaned up the mess and it works properly.

Could be a short in the element itself if run without water, or like in my case, poor wiring.
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2010 rockwood roo 23ss. Also i turned off all breakers and it is something going on with the water heater breaker. But the heater works on propane fine. But as soon as i turn the water heater breaker on it turns off breaker inside house
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Were was the wiring for that located?
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2010 rockwood roo 23ss. Also i turned off all breakers and it is something going on with the water heater breaker. But the heater works on propane fine. But as soon as i turn the water heater breaker on it turns off breaker inside house
You still haven't answered some questions.
I'll try now that you've identified your RV. I owned a 2007 Roo 23SS and your WH is a Suburban propane/110v water heater.
You need to pull the electric element out of the WH and check it out.
Or turn the black rocker switch off, on the outside of the WH and then plug the trailer in. See if that changes anything.
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Old 08-08-2022, 05:17 PM   #8
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Were was the wiring for that located?
Who are you asking? It helps if you quote which post you're responding to.
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Once again, what is the make and model number of the water heater? Is your shore power on a 15 amp breaker in the house, the one you trip?
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Yes but I switched outlets to a 50amp and same thing
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The rocker switch has always been off
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Yes but I switched outlets to a 50amp and same thing
You do know that your trailer is 30amp right? Did you use a 50 to 30 dogbone adapter?
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Old 08-08-2022, 05:33 PM   #14
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Sorry I typed that out wrong. I was using a 30amp to 15amp for my home. My breaker in the panel was a 15amp. My garage has a 50amp panel. The a/c works no problem. (Just used that as a example).
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It sounds like you are over loading the house circuit. Water heaters are heavy draw appliances. It isn't clear what size circuit you are connected to. 15, 30, or 50 amp.
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Ill try to put all your posts into one.
You have a 50 amp sub panel in your garage and your shore power 30 amp cord is plugged into a 15 amp outlet using an adapter. You have the switch on the water heater turned off as well as the breaker in the rv panel. AC works fine like this but with AC off and turning on the h2o heater, the breaker in the subpanel trips and this is with the switch on the h2o heater still in the off position.
If all of the above is correct, you have a short in the wire to the h2o heater or a bad switch at the heater. If it is a DPST, I would start there.
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I would disconnect a lead from the water heater electric element and try your test again. If breaker still trips, you have a short in the wiring.
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Old 08-08-2022, 07:21 PM   #18
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With the switch in the off position, the element is not in the circuit.
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With the switch in the off position, the element is not in the circuit.
... if the switch is truly OFF. I wouldn't trust the switch's physical position. Those cheap switches can fail in either on or off position as far as I know.
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... if the switch is truly OFF. I wouldn't trust the switch's physical position. Those cheap switches can fail in either on or off position as far as I know.
Yep. I always start at one end and work my way back. I usually just use a multimeter to check each section. But taking off wires can work as well.
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