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Old 04-30-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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Please help, not sure I understand the bypass system for water heater and I'm not sure if I burnt up my electric element. we have a sandpiper 36bhok 5 th wheel... we had service guy winterize it. ..went and opened it today. .turned water on and water heater. ..didn't realize there was a bypass. Went back out about an hour later and turned heater back off...and then found bypass...is a big red handle inside main water area and tank dump handle area. ...turned it. ..heard water rush to heater. .went inside and ran all air out of line (does this run air out of tank too? ) then turned heater back on and no hot water after almost 45 min. is there another bypass? or have we burned element out? didn't try propane...just electric as we needed to head home from our seasonal lot. any advice? Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:31 PM   #2
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It is possible that you burnt up element. Do you know what type of water heater, atwood or suburban?
Before you pull anything apart, I would check all fuses and breakers. It's possible that it just popped breaker.
You can burp your water lines by running water,but first fill after de-winterizing I like to use the blow-by valve located outside in heater compartment, just lift enough to allow water to run out and that helps to bleed air out.
Also, it takes longer to get hot water using electric
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:35 PM   #3
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Is your trailer plugged into an electrical outlet? Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the water heater will work on electric with just battery power. If the trailer was plugged in, then it's very possible you have a burnt element.


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Old 05-01-2016, 01:09 AM   #4
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Is your trailer plugged into an electrical outlet? Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the water heater will work on electric with just battery power. If the trailer was plugged in, then it's very possible you have a burnt element.


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Yes, you are correct.
The WH's electric side is 120v AC only and won't work on 12v DC battery power.
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:25 AM   #5
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Yes it is plugged in
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:46 PM   #6
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Water Heater issue

Kristen.
I just had the same experience.
If your water heater is a Suburban brand,,...the heater element is easy to change out,...and the part number may be 520789..you'll have to verify.
My model type is SW-DE..
Here's a link for the replacement instructions

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Old 05-02-2016, 12:56 PM   #7
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A very good example of why you should use the water heater pressure relief valve to make sure tank is full before turning it on.


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Old 05-02-2016, 06:37 PM   #8
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Very true....
My 1st time de-winterizing...and the checklist I had didn't even mention it.
I went back online and got a more complete education !
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A very good example of why you should use the water heater pressure relief valve to make sure tank is full before turning it on.


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X 2 on the other hand why use the electric side. I have never used it for 2 reasons. One can burn out element and two gas works just fine. Later RJD
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I use my electric almost all the time because the H/W cost is included in the camp site and I don't have to get propane as often. It has been on more than 700 days and the element hasn't burnt out. If it ever does, I will use propane till I can get a new one.


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If you had the electric side of the WH on for more than a few seconds, the element most likely burned out. As mentioned, it is pretty easy to replace. You can get at some Home Depots. Opening the cold water side to get the air out will not fill the WH. If you choose to use a faucet to fill the WH, you need to leave hot water faucet on until a good stream of water comes out. This should take a few minutes. If water comes out fairly quickly after opening hot water line, either WH was full or is bypassed. Just an FYI. If you burned out the electric element and plug TT into a GFCI at home, it will trip the breaker.
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Yes easy fix, did mine. Got it at half the price from home Depot. Just need to get the 120v version not the 240v.

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We use only the electric as well because its included in the lot. I always turn it off when we leave after the weekend though. this was our first year winterizing reopening...
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