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Old 12-24-2016, 06:33 PM   #1
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Hot water tank not heating

Okay, obviously I'm missing something. We got the 2-way hot water heater. Hot water tank is full as water comes out the hot water tap. I flipped the switch that's over the frig that says it's for the hot water heater. It turns red. But there isn't any hot water. I'm plugged into power from the house.

The owner's manual says something about flipping a switch and light will come on. Is there another switch I need to flip? If so, where the heck is it?

Very frustrated here.

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Old 12-24-2016, 06:39 PM   #2
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If it is like ours that switch is for igniting the propane- so it only works if the propane is on. The switch to turn on the electric is outside in the water heater compartment. Hope this helps!
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The switch over the fridge is only for propane - if the propane is lined up, it should fire up. If you want to run the hot water heater using electric, you need to go outside, open the door on the hot water heater, and turn on the switch located in the lower left of the heater compartment.
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:13 PM   #4
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THANKS!!! We'll try that right now.

Yeah, we have a lot to learn, huh?
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:42 PM   #5
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Just remember to turn it off before you unplug. The element goes pffft instantly if there is no water in the tank. Which is how I discovered I fried the element in our previous trailer.
There is a mod on this site that moves it into the trailer, I'm thinking that will be one we do.
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:11 PM   #6
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Switch? What switch?

Okay, we couldn't find it. Least we think this is the hot water panel we're supposed to open and flip a switch. Must have been hidden from us. Plus, Dirk didn't want me to fiddle with stuff. He suggested I post a photo and ask. Which I am.

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Old 12-24-2016, 08:14 PM   #7
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Just remember to turn it off before you unplug. The element goes pffft instantly if there is no water in the tank. Which is how I discovered I fried the element in our previous trailer.
There is a mod on this site that moves it into the trailer, I'm thinking that will be one we do.
Gotta find it first to know how to turn it off and on! But, yeah, thanks for the reminder/comment on that.

Yep, I think turning it on and off INSIDE the trailer would be best. Kind of weird you have to go outside and I thought that before. You'd think it would be there in the first place!
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:24 PM   #8
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The switch for the electric heating element in your water heater is outside ,on the left side of the water heater hidden behind the burner assembly . It is a black plastic rocker style switch . The 2 reset buttons with the rubber boots at the top of the heater are not it.
You need to get down on your knees and then slide your hand up behind the burner tube to feel the switch. If your electric heating element goes bad you will have to remove the burner assembly to get at the electric heating element . It is neither difficult or complicated to temove the burner assembly.

The switch on your water heater is a PITA to change out because the wires are usually too short. Unplug the trailer or shut the circuit breaker off for the water heater before turning the unit work switch on or off. The switch on the heater is designed as a work safety switch and not to turn the water heater on & off under load.
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:46 PM   #9
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Be sure the hot water system is not in bypass mode before turning on the electric element. In other words, be sure the tank is full. Cold water will still come out of hot water tap in bypass mode...it just isn't running through the heater.
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Old 12-24-2016, 08:47 PM   #10
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It's behind this, I think I might see a little bit of it in this picture, click on the thumbnail, the red I drew is faint in the little pic.
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:12 PM   #11
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It's behind this, I think I might see a little bit of it in this picture, click on the thumbnail, the red I drew is faint in the little pic.
I can't see it in your photo but that's the area. Definitely not easy to see. When we picked up ours at ETI the person doing the handover looked in that area and then had to ask where it was.

A lot to be said for an interior switch.

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Old 12-24-2016, 09:26 PM   #12
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Exterior Water Heater Switch

Here is a picture with the burner tube removed. Much easier to see it's location with it out of the way.
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:42 PM   #13
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Suburgan 2Way Water Heater

While I'm at it, I'm attaching a picture I created back in 2006 for the Suburban 2-Way water heater with labels.
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Old 12-25-2016, 12:02 AM   #14
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Good on you for posting the labeled photos. I'm sure they'll come in handy for others also.

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NW Cat Owner,
Be sure the hot water system is not in bypass mode before turning on the electric element. In other words, be sure the tank is full. Cold water will still come out of hot water tap in bypass mode...it just isn't running through the heater.
That's a great point. It is doubtful a new trailer would leave the factory in bypass but you never know. The best way to confirm the hot water tank is full is to pull up slightly on the pressure relief valve handle. If there is water you are good.
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It is doubtful a new trailer would leave the factory in bypass but you never know.
In summer I would agree, but if the trailer (or any RV) leaves the factory in winter, and the owner does not immediately pick it up and use it as it leaves the factory door, the plumbing should be winterized - that would include draining and bypassing the water heater. Obviously this doesn't apply in warm enough places, but it would make sense in Chilliwack.
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Holy Cow!

Okay, whomever said I had to kneel down to turn the stinking thing on wasn't kidding! Holy Cow!

Okay, will look at all that tomorrow - too dark and too late now.

THANKS Kent for posting that photo with text. It's gonna get printed out big time and put inside the binder I will be creating with all the manuals and such (if I can figure out where I put the box with all that literature).

Thanks Donna and Kent for pointing out where the switch is. Yeah, we certainly did not see that. jeez! Yeah, definitely a good reason to use it on propane or an inside switch. Dang!

Okay, now you folks have thrown more stuff at me! Bypass mode?!??! How the heck will I know about that? And how do I take it out? The trailer was originally winterized, but I had them de-winterize it since we were going to use it.

Thanks again everyone - I greatly appreciate it.
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Did you not get manuals for all of the appliances and systems at the orientation? What did you do with them?
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Okay, now you folks have thrown more stuff at me! Bypass mode?!??! How the heck will I know about that? And how do I take it out? The trailer was originally winterized, but I had them de-winterize it since we were going to use it.

Thanks again everyone - I greatly appreciate it.
The should be a couple of valves on the Pex plumbing near the water heater. When these valves are open, water will flow through the water heater. When they are closed, water will be diverted around the water heater, but will still go to the sinks, shower, and toilet. The bypass allows you to winterize the trailer with antifreeze but keeps water/antifreeze out of the water heater once the valves are closed. Just don't forget to open the valves in the spring after clearing the system of antifreeze.
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These 2 valves are located on the back of the water heater under the bed.
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