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Old 02-23-2021, 05:22 PM   #1
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Hot water heater, electric.

I've been using the electric switch to heat my hot water. All of a sudden it quit working. I checked fuses, breakers, etc. The propane heats the water just fine. What could be wrong and where is the access? Help please. 2013 3860MS Infinity 5th wheel
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:16 PM   #2
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I've been using the electric switch to heat my hot water. All of a sudden it quit working. I checked fuses, breakers, etc. The propane heats the water just fine. What could be wrong and where is the access? Help please. 2013 3860MS Infinity 5th wheel
We're probably gonna need a bit more information before anyone can help.

First question... do you not have the owner's manual for it? If so, there's probably a troubleshooting section in it.

If not, the next thing is to figure out what make & model number unit you have. Is is an Atwood heater... Surburban... or something else? Then to narrow it down more, find the model number.

Now this next part of your statement troubles me: you ask, "...and where is the access?" I'm not trying to embarrass you in any way, because we were all new to this stuff once. But are you saying you don't even know where the water heater panel on the exterior of you rig is? If that's the case, you should probably just stop right here and either take it to a repair shop, or look for a mobile RV tech who can come to you.

But if you insist on trying to do this yourself... the access panel is usually a square panel on the same side of your RV as the kitchen. On my RV, it's the panel circled in red below

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From here, you should be able to get the make & model printed on it somewhere. Then someone can probably begin trying to help you out. Could be something simple as a loose or damaged wire, or it could be part of the circuit board needs replacing.
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Yes, i know where the hot water heater is. As for the manual it goes into detail about the propane but doesn't mention the electric part of the heater.
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Check the water heater, most have another switch on the unit behind the access Panel. If not check to see if you have power at the electric heating element. The elements can burn out just like residential hot water heaters. Keep us posted.
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The electric side of my water heater has its own breaker in the AC panel. Have you checked that breaker?
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Old 02-24-2021, 03:37 PM   #6
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Yes, i have. Thanks
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Old 02-26-2021, 05:38 PM   #7
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Defective switch
Loose wire
Corroded connection
Solenoid failure
Failed heating element

Please let us know what you find.
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Here is an easy to understand troubleshooting video.
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Old 02-27-2021, 10:03 PM   #9
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T-stat replacement for the hot water heater.

Our 2012 Voltage 3200 did the exact same thing. Ours was a T-stat issue where it had just burned out. There will be 2 of these side by side and they are under a black panel on the face of the hot water heater.
https://www.amazon.com/Suburban-2323.../dp/B003G9I4DW


We had to remove the propane line to access ours.
If you replace it, make sure the RV is unplugged and the main electrical switch cut off is off.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:00 PM   #10
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Subject water heater. My Kodiak 200 QB has the Atwood water heater. Aluminum tank and works fine. But I like to be prepared so, I see the electrical element ( watching videos) is on the inside of the trailer. I pulled out a drawer where the tank is but there is also a finished panel (wood) that is permanent with no way to get to the tank. Unless of course I cut a hole in this panel. What a pain that will be. Any suggestions ? Trailer is a 2015, aluminum tank no issues as of now.
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Old 02-27-2021, 11:03 PM   #11
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Cool Suburban Water heater switch

Just replaced the switch for the electric element on my Suburban Water heater. Had power everywhere up to the electric element. The switch on the control panel inside the camper was lit and had power to it.

There is another on/off switch behind the gas port at the lower left of the water heater itself. Mine was black. After turning off the electric, I popped that switch out with a screwdriver and ohmed it. It was bad and would not even move from the on to the off position. Pulled the lugs and took the switch to the local RV store and they sold me one.

If this turns out to be your problem, make sure the replacement switch is for 120v and not 12v.

As if often the case, replacement of the switch itself was easier than the troubleshooting.
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Just replaced the switch for the electric element on my Suburban Water heater. Had power everywhere up to the electric element. The switch on the control panel inside the camper was lit and had power to it.

There is another on/off switch behind the gas port at the lower left of the water heater itself. Mine was black. After turning off the electric, I popped that switch out with a screwdriver and ohmed it. It was bad and would not even move from the on to the off position. Pulled the lugs and took the switch to the local RV store and they sold me one.

If this turns out to be your problem, make sure the replacement switch is for 120v and not 12v.

As if often the case, replacement of the switch itself was easier than the troubleshooting.
I believe that is also the issue here. I checked that switch and it will not move. I'll replace it and report back. Thanks
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