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Old 02-13-2017, 10:39 AM   #1
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Hi, we've been on our maiden voyage in our 2007
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Thanks Perry and Kristy
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:11 AM   #2
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Plugged into power or Gen on? Switch for electric WH on, reset breaker?

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Old 02-13-2017, 11:32 AM   #3
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Often dual source water heaters have a safety switch in the WH compartment. This switch is turned off when the tank is drained for winterizing so no one turns on the electric element on an empty tank and burning out the element. I'd check that first. While checking out that compartment, test to see if you have 120v AC in the compartment. Of course check circuit breakers for one turned off too.
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Sometimes "Eclectic" water heaters decide to quit working!

If Bob's idea doesn't work the element may be burned out, only takes a few seconds if turned on with no water in the tank.
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:01 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone, I think it must be the heater element; any advice about removing, where is it and where to buy to replace it?
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Thanks everyone, I think it must be the heater element; any advice about removing, where is it and where to buy to replace it?
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If you use Google to search for {water heater brand}{model #} followed by the word, "manual" you'll find a manual with instructions and illustrations of your WH.
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There's a good chance that the previous owner turned the switch on without having any water in the water heater and burned out the element. That is what happened on mine.
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Thanks everyone, I think it must be the heater element; any advice about removing, where is it and where to buy to replace it?
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Check in the rear closet and take off the lower panel on the side wall. It is under the washer/dryer. It is easy, relative, to get to and you can call or email Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Ia or many other places. Have your serial No. available.
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Thanks, it's a tight fit to get into (removed side panel under washer/dryer) but found out the relay switch had no power going to the element so are good with plenty of hot hot water (electric) and.... you guess it, a happy wife!! Thanks EVERYONE
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What is the make and the model number of the water heater in your 2007 Winnebago Vectra TD??
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What is the make and the model number of the water heater in your 2007 Winnebago Vectra TD??
Hi Woodchooper, I don't know; why?
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Welcome to the forum.

Before you start throwing parts at it you need to know if 120 volts is getting to the heating element. The switch you throw to activate it is probably passing a 12 volt signal to a relay near the water heater.

Find out what model you have and post that. Trying to shotgun parts often installs additional problems such as blow fuses etc.

Diagnose properly and then change the part if necessary.

You may find the water heater has an access panel inside the rv. It might take a few screws to remove. If so, take pictures. They are easy to post here. Take them in low resolution if possible because the forum cannot handle large files.

I have found some switches right on the front of the water heater too.
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Because "different makes and models of water heaters" develop "different problems".... which require "different fixes".
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I would guess Atwood GEH16EXT.
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Thanks everyone, replaced the relay switch
and we got lots of hot water coming from the
Electric
Thanks again
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