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Old 08-10-2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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Newbie Question About My Hot Water Tank

I have a electronic pilot light 6 gal Attwood hot water tank that runs on electric, gas or both. Can it be run without the propane being hooked up? I left my tanks at home this trip because I noticed that two of the welds on the tank holder had broken. So I just left the tanks off until I could fix the welds. I thought I could just run the the hot water tank on electric for this trip. However the hot water tank will not come on. Is this because the propane is not hooked up or do I have another problem?

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Old 08-10-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
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120 volt part of the water heater should work without LP connected. They are independent of each other.

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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Insure there is not a blown fuse or tripped breaker. Verify there is 120v to the heater element. Verify the heating element has resistance but is not open.

Some troubleshooting may lead to a cause and solution. Good luck and be careful.

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Old 08-14-2014, 07:16 AM   #4
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There are 2 limiting switches attached to the water heater on the electric side. High temp to turn it off and low to turn it on as needed. If these are non-functional the unit will not work on the electric side. They are not expensive and relatively easy to install. Check around on U-tube there are videos showing the job. On our 30'er it was a bit of a challenge but only do to large hands in confined spaces. But still doable and cured my non working unit. So if your power supply is OK look here.

They are available from Out of Doors Mart and others
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