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Old 07-05-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Water Heater Switch Light

Have upgraded from the 17.5 to 5.0 and have a question about the Water Heater switch panel. On the left is a standard switch and on the right is a red light. What is the red light supposed to indicate? I recollect that on my 17.5 the red light was always on indicating hot water was available. But now the light doesn't come on. I have read the manual cover to cover and the only mention of the switch is on page 8, a really nice graphic that I can see with out glasses.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:54 AM   #2
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

I'd like to understand the theory behind that light as well. On my 17B, the red light comes on when you switch the heater on. And then it goes out after some period of time.
So, the light doesn't alert me that the heater is still on. And I have no idea what it means when it goes out, not that I would notice that it's no longer lit.

I await enlightenment.

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Old 07-05-2011, 05:56 AM   #3
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

I assumed (perhaps wrongly), that it meant that the water heater is now ON (or lit). Kinda like when the light stops flashing on the refrigerator when you are pressing the button to light the pilot.
You are right in that it doesn't have any indicator (except the switch being in the ON position) that it is on. I've left it on a few times, and wasted some propane.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:48 AM   #4
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

Hi: conuma... I also have "Seen the light"...but having a dual fuel w/heater use the electric side for hot water almost all the time. No light there to indicate anything, and if you turn the element on with no water in the tank burns out the element!!! Don't ask me how I know Alf
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

In my two-year-old 17B, the light indicates that the flame management system has started the sequence that leads to the gas igniting, but has not yet detected flame.

I am trying to remember if this is only true when I first turn on the system, or every time the flame is required.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:46 PM   #6
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

I don't know, but I would surmise that the red light on means that power is flowing to the water heater. When the power turns off because the water is hot, the light goes out. Does the light come on periodically? That would be when the water cools enough to kick in the heat again.
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

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I don't know, but I would surmise that the red light on means that power is flowing to the water heater. When the power turns off because the water is hot, the light goes out. Does the light come on periodically? That would be when the water cools enough to kick in the heat again.
That would make sense, but in my experience I don't think that's what is happening. The light only stays on for five minutes or so and I've not notice it come back on when I forget to turn it off.

Near as I can tell, the light indicates that you have successfully activated the switch.

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #8
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

The EFB19RB or 19 foot water heater switch works like this. Turn on switch red light comes on and goes out when the ignition starts the water heater on gas. Did not order the order the electric option.
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Re: Water Heater Switch Light

On my gas switch for the water heater, there is a light in the middle or the plate that indicates that it is on. See the photo below.

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Well, that makes sense.

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