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Old 05-26-2019, 05:59 PM   #1
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Water heater problem

During our last camping trip, we found that the water heater was not heating the water when set to electric. After about 2 hours, the water was still tap temperature, and after about 4 hours, the pedestal breaker would trip after getting very warm. The water heater works fine on the gas setting, delivering hot water quickly and recovering quickly. I suspect a bad heating element. Any thoughts?
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Maybe the thermostat on the electric side is bad? Mine has a separate thermostat for the electric and gas modes.
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My bet would be on the heating element. You could check the element for a short or open circuit with a VOM. There should be a measurable resistance but I can’t say what would be an expected value. Anyone have an idea?
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My bet would be on the heating element. You could check the element for a short or open circuit with a VOM. There should be a measurable resistance but I canít say what would be an expected value. Anyone have an idea?
If you attempt a diagnosis make sure the power is off!



Thanks RedHorse1. The heating element was my fist thought, as I have had them fail on home heaters before. Now just have to get back out to my brother's to check it out.
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