Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-26-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
No. 13's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Flying Cloud
Orange County , California
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 191
Need advice from the pros

My water heater stopped heating when using the electric heating element...gas works fine though. I checked the circuit breaker. I called Airstream this morning and was told to do what I already did and if no luck take it to a service center. I hate to make the drive if there is something else I can do. Any suggestions? Thanks.
__________________

__________________
No. 13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
If you have a volt meter. Disconnect the wires going to the heating element and check it for continuity. If it is open replace it. If it is good switch to voltage and check the wires you disconnected while the heater is set to call for heating. If no voltage across the wires check for a fuse on the control board supplying the element. There may be a relay as a switch for the 110 voltage.

I think you can assume the high and low thermostats are OK if it works on gas.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 06:54 AM   #3
3 Rivet Member
 
No. 13's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Flying Cloud
Orange County , California
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 191
Thanks HowieE. I also received a lengthly PM with pretty much the same advice. I am not very handy when it comes to electrical stuff, but will attempt to check out what you mentioned on my next trip where I will have electric hook up.
__________________
No. 13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 08:08 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
Go ahead and check the heater element with an ohm meter first as that is easy and the most likely.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
TG Twinkie's Avatar
 
1974 Argosy 26
Morrill , Nebraska
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,140
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 5
Make absolutely sure you have the power off when disconnecting the wires and reading it out with an ohm meter. Make sure you set the ohm meter to the AC voltage scale before you attempt to check for power.
__________________
Knowledge: "A gift to be shared. A treasure to receive."
TG Twinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 09:03 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
68 TWind's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,420
There is a relay operated by 12V that switches the 120v heating element on. Listen when you turn on the switch to turn the heater on in 120v mode. You should hear a click as the relay closes and allows current to flow through the electric element The relay is on the back of the water heater close to the bottom under a black cover. The yellow wire is the 12V wire that carries current to the relay. If you are hearing the relay click, carefully check that you have 120V coming in to the water heater (your breaker is on-right) If there is current there (put probes of volt meter on black and white wires and it should show 120V AC) check the element for continuity, it may be burned out if you accidentally turned on the power with a dry tank. Still an easy fix if you have access to the back of the water heater.
__________________

__________________
__________________
Bruce & Rachel
__________________
68 Trade Wind
2001 Toyota Tundra
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.