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Old 02-05-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Water Heater Question

Thank you for the welcome. I just joined the Jayco site today. I just purchased a Jayco Jayflight 27RLS and brought it home today. I have a question I was wondering if you could help me with.

I brought my camper home today and I hooked it up to electricity to my house. I then opened the slide and turned on the lights in the panel. I also accidentally turned on the electric water heater switch. Do you think that will hurt the water heater? I have not added water but the camper is currently winterized.

I appreciate anything you could suggest to help me.

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Old 02-05-2015, 08:31 PM   #2
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If you turned it off quickly you will not likely have a problem. If you are worried, check it with a ohm meter for continuity. Across the element you should have about 6 ohms if it is good. Open is bad.

There should be a switch outside that can be left off to make sure that does not happen.

It is probably ok.

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Old 02-05-2015, 08:31 PM   #3
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turn the switch off if you haven't already the water heater should be empty when it is winterized
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:41 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. How long was the water heater turned on for without water?
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:02 PM   #5
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Maybe 15 minutes. If it is damaged what do you think would be damaged?
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:14 PM   #6
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It only takes a short time to burn up the heating element in the water heater. I would think that if you replace the element you will be fine. It should still heat water using the LP heat portion of the heater. If my memory is correct they sell on Amazon for 10-20$ depending on type of heater you have.
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It should only be the element that was damaged, its a quick test the dealer can do it for you and make the replacement if required limitingyour down time
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:35 AM   #8
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Changing the element is pretty easy if you have the correct tool. You can pick up an electric element removal tool at Home Depot/Lowes, etc. It really makes the element removal easy.
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I also carry a spare element with me as well as one of each of the two thermostats (one for propane and the other for electric usage). I have a Suburban heater and it has two thermostats. I don't want to be out somewhere and need parts that can only be ordered or are 100 miles away. Having spares on hand it much cheaper.
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Thanks

Thank you all for the information.
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