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Old 07-10-2007, 10:54 PM   #15
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Kathryn,

When you flushed the antifreeze out of the lines, did you "then" turn the bypass lever off, so the tank could fill with water? If so, then yes I'm afraid your WH was empty when the electric got turned on during your PDI, and cooked the heating element. My 1400 watt element was about 27 bux with tax.

You could try contacting your dealer, but unless he's real close, it's probably not worh the time & fuel to have them do the job, unless they will do it for FREE!!

Otherwise, the worst part of the job is the access to the rear of the heater.

Keep us posted on the outcome,

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Old 07-11-2007, 08:17 AM   #16
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Kitty,

I am happy with my purchse, don't get me wrong, but the more I find out, the more I am dissapointed with my dealer (this and other issues). Souther VA to PA is to far to travel for something that it looks like we can do ourselves. I will be following yours anf John's direction (and taking pics as I go ) very carefully!
Thanks for the confidence!
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:04 PM   #17
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YEAH Kathryn,

I know you can do it !! Once you get to the WH, the procedure should be basically the same as mine. OH, you will need a "Water Heater Element Removal Tool" Get one at Lowes, Home Depot, less than 5 bux. Otherwise al you'll probably need is a screwdriver to disconnect the wires. You might also have to remove 1/2 of the styrofoam cover for better access. Hopefully my pics can pretty much walk you thru it.

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PS: I'm out getting some odds n ends done on Sunny before departure on friday am.

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OK, so I pulled the element (took me 4 hours because of the location of the element, you can't get the socket to fit right Who designs these things!?!?! ) and there is nothing wrong with it. Here are the conclusions I have reached:

1. It is not the element.
2. There is no 15 amp circut breaker dedicated to the HW heater, as pictured above, so it must be included with something else.
3. I 'checked' all the wires for loose connections.
4. The soonest I can get an appointment is July 31.

I hope this puppy still works on Propane......

GRRRRR......
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Kathryn,

When we had an issue with our stove - I did not drive to my dealer - I called Atwood and went to one of their service locations about 1 hour away - much closer than the 4 hours to the dealer.

You may want to go that route......vs. the dealer route!
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I'll check that out, thanks!
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