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Old 09-22-2014, 08:43 AM   #1
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Water heater issue

We have an Atwood water heater and it has quit working on electric. I am afraid we have had the circuit breaker go off one too many times. It does seem to be working with propane. We have always used it in the electric mode until today when the electric stopped working.

Any suggestions for what would be the problem and general idea of cost to fix? Hubby is not mechanically inclined so we will have to take it somewhere to be fixed. We are living in it full time while we build a new house. We definitely need to have hot water!
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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Where to go to fix it?

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We have an Atwood water heater and it has quit working on electric. I am afraid we have had the circuit breaker go off one too many times. It does seem to be working with propane. We have always used it in the electric mode until today when the electric stopped working.

Any suggestions for what would be the problem and general idea of cost to fix? Hubby is not mechanically inclined so we will have to take it somewhere to be fixed. We are living in it full time while we build a new house. We definitely need to have hot water!
We have relocated to Ames, IA so not sure where to go? Ideas?
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:55 AM   #3
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We bought our new Airstream from Shorewood RV in Minnesota, they also sell and repair Airstreams in DesMoines, IA.
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:49 AM   #4
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We bought our new Airstream from Shorewood RV in Minnesota, they also sell and repair Airstreams in DesMoines, IA.
Thanks! I will give them a call.
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:56 AM   #5
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Atwood water heaters are quite common in all brands of RV's. If the previous suggestion does not pan out, I would contact any RV dealer in your area. You can use Yelp to get some local recommendations and find a reputable one.

Not that you will automatically need a new water heater, but to calibrate your expectations, a new six gallon one will cost between $300 and $500 plus installation depending on the model you get. Thus a repair should be quite a bit less than that or you ought to consider a new one.

Good luck!

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Old 09-22-2014, 10:11 AM   #6
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Why not take it to Camping World in Cedar Falls,it was Ace Fogdal , a AS dealer and there must be some previous mechanics there that could fix it?
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:21 AM   #7
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If you have a volt meter disconnect the wires on the heating element. Make sure the breakers are all on. Turn the water heater to electric and check for voltage across the wires. If you have voltage the control board is OK and it is most likely a shorted heater element. You can check the resistance across the element to see if it is open but to have tripped a breaker it is more likely a short and not knowing the resistance of a Good element you can't test for that.

If you have voltage across the wires replace the element.

If you can't do this any RV shop can. No need to travel to an Airstream shop
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:24 AM   #8
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My new(ish) EB has electric/propane - all others were just propane. I have had no problems, but may I suggest this thing that only a woman would dare to mention?

READ the MANUAL

This probably isn't a "handyman" chore. If you can change a light bulb you should be able to fix this. I'd bet the electric element has simply burned out and needs to be replaced. Should be something you unplug, screw out, screw in a new one, then plug it in. It's like replacing the electric element in an old electric stove or burner, or even a home electric water heater.

Nothing "Airstream unique" about an RV water heater. Any RV shop should have the replacement elements.

Uh... and just for safety, unplug the trailer too.

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