Water Heater

Discussion in 'RV Tips & Tricks' started by ky woman, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. ky woman

    ky woman New Member

    Water Heater is on, but not getting hot,no hot water, you can toucht the top of it, it feels warm.
    its a old one on a 1993 dutchman 32ft 5wheel,
    any one know what to do,
    ky woman
     
  2. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Water Heater

    Is this a gas only or gas/electric water heater, and which way are you trying to use it? If it is gas only, you will hear the gas burning, electric opens up a few more questions.
     
  3. ky woman

    ky woman New Member

    Re: Water Heater

    its both, but I have never had it on gas, just electric, and electric is what Im trying to get it to come on, it seems like
    its on, like I said, its a lettle wram on the top, and everything seems ok in the fuss box, but cant get it to get hot.
     
  4. ARCHER

    ARCHER Senior Member

    Re: Water Heater

    Sounds like the electric heating element is going bad.
     
  5. night_train01

    night_train01 New Member

    RE: Water Heater

    Is there a water bypass on your unit? make sure it is not in the off position
     
  6. ARCHER

    ARCHER Senior Member

    Re: Water Heater

    If you can get water pressure out of the hot water spickot, then your bypass is probably ok.. I'd still say it may be the heating element going bad or needing removed, cleaned. If it is getting some warmth, then it is trying to heat. Lots of experts on this site to help......
     
  7. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Water Heater

    I would think that if the element is bad, you would not have any warm water. I don't think you would get any heating from a bad element. IF you truly have warm water, you will feel it at the faucets and the problem just might the the thermostat. If it is bad, it won't heat properly. If you determine you don't have warm water, I would take another look at the element.
     
  8. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

    RE: Water Heater

    13 years old. I would say it is time for a new one. My first water heater lasted
    7 years. If the bypass isn't working properly you will get water out of the hot water faucet. Mine does that and I supposedly had it fixed last year at the factory. At least I paid to have it fixed. Still produces water out of the hot tap when in the bypass mode.

    My new suburban water heater (2002) has a little tiny reset switch on it and if my hot water is luke warm, I have to crawl under the sink with a flashlight and reset the switch with the end of a ball point pen. Besides being small it's recessed. However, I doubt if a 1993 water heater has the reset switch. My first suburban water heater (1995) didn't.
     
  9. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

    Re: Water Heater

    Just for clarification, my water heater with the little recessed switch is an Atwood. So was the old one.
     
  10. s.harrington

    s.harrington Senior Member

    Re: Water Heater

    Go outside and open the temperature and pressure valve(pop off valve). if the water is hot there then close the center valve of the three valves at the back of the water heater. If the water isn't hot light the propane side and call someone to fix it.
     
  11. bazzer

    bazzer New Member

    Re: Water Heater

    KY Woman If the tank is warm and you've got water flow,then it points to a faulty thermostat,but I agree with DL that at 13years it's proberly tim to change the unit. :) :). anyone seen TEX? :laugh: :laugh: . Bazzer UK.
     

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