Suburban SW5DE Water Heater Problem
I'm new to the forum, but have found a lot of useful information. I have a problem that I'm hoping someone can help me with. I have just replaced the 120V AC heating element and thermostat (both were defective). After connecting everything back up and filling the tank, the water just gets warm (not hot). It appears that when I first turn the AC on, everything works ok (i can see voltage from the switch through the thermostat and to the element). But when I go back to check a little later, the voltage stops at the lo temperature thermostat (i.e. no voltage beyond it). Since the water in the heater is still lukewarm, there should still be current going to the element. I would think this means the thermostat may be defective, but I just replaced it. Interestingly enough, the LP side seems to be doing exactly the same thing. My question - how does the thermostat get activated since it's just screwed to the water heater housing, with power applied. Is there something common between the electric and LP side? Thanks for any help.