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Old 11-26-2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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No hot water after 10 day absence

Returned to the RV after 10 days away. Turned off water at campsite faucet b4 leaving. Turned it back on at 8pm last night, it's Noon now and still no hot water. Never have run it on LP, only electric. Suggestions please.
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2 or 3 things could have happened. 1. A hw faucet could have been left dripping and drained the wh which if empty will burn the electric element out. 2. High temp thermostat tripped and needs reseting (outside rubber buttons inside wh panel) 3. WH breaker tripped inside.
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Returned to the RV after 10 days away. Turned off water at campsite faucet b4 leaving. Turned it back on at 8pm last night, it's Noon now and still no hot water. Never have run it on LP, only electric. Suggestions please.

I don't see how since you didn't mention any water leaks but, if the water leaked out of the water heater and you didn't turn off the water heater electric, the heating element may have burnt out.

- Did you check the "water heater" breaker in your power center?
- If it's a Suburban water heater, is the outside switch still on and good (they have a tendency to go bad)?
- Does it work on propane?
- There is a black rubber oval cover on the water heater with 2 round indentations. These are reset switches. One for the 110v side & 1 for the 12v side. See if one of them has tripped (push in on it).

As long as the water heater was full, I would ALMOST rule out the burnt out element but, it's still an outside possibility. Start with the breakers & switch(s) then circuit board.

Good luck & keep us informed.
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Breaker is ok. Water is heating up on propane. Ours is an Atwood 10 gallon model. Don't see a reset button. Looks like a 2 amp fuse on the circuit board. Could that have blown and not the breaker?
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Not completely understanding if you are asking for troubleshooting or instructions on how to light your hot water tank using LP.

Assuming it’s lighting instructions, just turn your propane on...switch the mode from electric to gas on your hot water panel and your trailer will my trailer “auto-light” your hot water tank.
Hi, we have switched it to propane and it works. Have only run on electric prior to this. Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:05 AM   #7
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Maybe it's just me but I would not go away for 10 days and leave anything on !!!
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We were going to have nights below 32° while we were gone so we only disconnected the water and left the furnace on 55°. If we can figure out how to remove the element, we'll replace it and hope that is the problem. We don't have reset buttons on our unit. Thanks.
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We were going to have nights below 32° while we were gone so we only disconnected the water and left the furnace on 55°. If we can figure out how to remove the element, we'll replace it and hope that is the problem. We don't have reset buttons on our unit. Thanks.
I think on most W/H replacing the ele element is a pretty simple job ???
You could search that here and I am sure you can find all the info you need !!!
Maybe even try Utube ???
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Thanks for the info. ps - love all of your movies. 😊
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I might add....make sure you turn off your water before removing the element and drain if you can... less flooding when removed.
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I might add....make sure you turn off your water before removing the element and drain if you can... less flooding when removed.
Got it. Thanks.
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You can test the element by just disconnecting the two wires and and check for continuity across the terminals. Turn power off first. They do go bad but not usually if they are in a full tank of water.
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Our heating element can only be accessed by removing the outside wall of the RV according to the service manager at the dealership. I can't begin to express our frustration at having every major system on this New RV fail in a years time. Thanks for the helpful info.
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Dawg,do you have a Rockwood Mini? Youroo!!
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No, a 2016 Sanibel 3551. Great on storage, awful on function. First 3 months, propane heater blew a fuse every 2 days. Fireplace worked one month, replacement worked 2 weeks. When it heats up it shuts off. When water is turned on, some of it winds up in the freshwater tank for some yet to be explained reason, etc. So far it's been an expensive waste of money and time. Sorry.
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I don’t think you can drain the water heater from a dripping faucet. The water is pushed thru the water heater via the park water pressure. OP said he disconnected the water. If OP turned on dc water pump it could push water thru the water heater but only until the freshwater tank is drained. The water heater will still have water in it because you can’t force water thru the heater without water pressure from the pump.

Now I guess the water could have been boiled off but seems pretty unlikely.

Question, when you turned on hot water spigot did you have a bunch of air and popping and spitting or just cold water? If just cold water then the water tank was full (no air) and so the element is probably not fried....just my 2 cent worth..
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Only cold water, no air. We're getting it checked out Thursday. Another hotel bill, ugh! Thanks so much to everyone for helping us try to sort this out.
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