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Old 05-20-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Are these buttons in the OFF or ON position?

The off/on function of these 2 rocker switches for the hot water heater (either electric or propane) is not intuitive for me so I plan to label them. In attached photo, are they off or on? Looking at the off position of the Click image for larger version

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BTW - I found the hot water switch plate in my owners manual but this specific question was not addressed.
Thanks so much.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:11 PM   #2
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In my rig, both switches would be in the ‘off’ position
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:30 PM   #3
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Your pic shows them in the “off” position.

Make sure you have water in your water heater and press the top of the right switch. You should hear the propane ignite. Then you will know which is which.
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And if you’re not aware of this - it’s a little weird to me at first but when you turn on the water heater (either electric or propane) the red light in the middle flashes just for a fraction of a second to let you know it turned on. The light doesn’t stay on in normal operation. The light ONLY stays on if something goes wrong! Probably the #1 cause of that would be not having the HWH full of water before turning it on. The best way to be sure is to run water from the hot faucets in the sinks and shower until there is no air sputtering through the pipes. When you have a steady flow, you have water in the heater. Then you can turn it on from either power source.

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In another thread a forum member modified these switches with led lights to indicate whether on or off at a glance. Try to search for it. Dave
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In another thread a forum member modified these switches with led lights to indicate whether on or off at a glance. Try to search for it. Dave
Seems like a lot of work to fix something that isn't broken.

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And if you’re not aware of this - it’s a little weird to me at first but when you turn on the water heater (either electric or propane) the red light in the middle flashes just for a fraction of a second to let you know it turned on. The light doesn’t stay on in normal operation. The light ONLY stays on if something goes wrong! Probably the #1 cause of that would be not having the HWH full of water before turning it on. The best way to be sure is to run water from the hot faucets in the sinks and shower until there is no air sputtering through the pipes. When you have a steady flow, you have water in the heater. Then you can turn it on from either power source.

Good luck!
You must make sure the water heater is NOT in the bypass mode and full of water before lighting or turning on the electric heating element. Then light the WH in the gas mode.
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"Bypass Valve" Note:
In my 2002 Classic, the water heater bypass valve bypasses the water heater, isolating both the cold and hot water fittings from the trailer plumbing.

At some point Airstream, in their finite knowledge (pun intended), changed the design but left the name the same. In the OP's trailer, and others after some point in time, the valve's function changed from a true bypass to a cold water shutoff. Unlike the older bypass valve which is opened to winterize, the new valve is closed to winterize. Thus TGTwinkie's description using "bypass mode" instead of saying valve open or valve closed.

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Thanks everyone for all the responses. Here’s my low-tech fix:Click image for larger version

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That happens to be the On/Off positions for all switches of that type in the AS. The one on the right of the picture is in the On position for the bathroom ceiling light.
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I look at my light switch and and if its on it matches the hot water switch thats on.
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That would depend on your definition of broken.
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Thanks everyone for all the responses. Here’s my low-tech fix:Attachment 341297. (I have no idea if I managed to attach the photo but here goes.)
That picture is correct.

I am planning to get these.

https://seeyoudowntheroad.com/pages/switch-aware
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Off.
But I expected the light to light when "on" and it doesn't.
I learned the light alerts you it failed.
I used the low tech method. Flip switch, wait 15 minutes, feel for hot water. Worked!
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