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Old 12-04-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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Check Your Water Heater Wiring

I turned on our electric water heater a couple days ago and after a bit there was a smell of burnt electrical. Found it last night, pulled the cover off the limit switches.



It you look at the black wire just above the metal, you can see where the metal cut the insulation. Think I may change the wires and cut the metal back.

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Old 12-04-2015, 09:52 PM   #2
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WOW!!! We have got the same year and model RW. I know what I'm doing the minute I get home. Thank goodness you caught it when you did.
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:56 PM   #3
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Rick did you just remove the cover on the outside of the RW to access this or is this behind the basement wall?
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:16 PM   #4
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You can get access to this area of the hot water tank by just removing the outside cover. A couple of years ago I fried my thermostat. The wiring was fine.
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:17 PM   #5
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This is not the first time this issue has come up. Many of us with earlier models have already checked these wires out. It seems that most have the metal cutting in to the wires. I can't believe that the manufacturer is still producing HWH this way. You do not access this behind the basement wall. The cover is located on the HWH above and to the left of the drain plug. 2 screws hold it on.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:01 PM   #6
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Rick did you just remove the cover on the outside of the RW to access this or is this behind the basement wall?
Bob,

As others have said, just remove the outside cover and the black cover that has the words" Push to Reset" on it.

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Traveled with good friend, who also has a RW, last year & had that happen to both trailers within about 24 hours of each other, took pliers & flattened the metal & also cut about a 1/4" off of the reset cover. On his the metal cut the wire & on mine the cover pinched the wire against the water heater.
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:18 PM   #8
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I had the same problem, smelled plastic burning then got only lukewarm water, the wiring and thermostat was fried.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:36 PM   #9
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Happened to me as well. It's unbelievable to me that these things aren't part of a safety recall. The manufacturers know it's happening. I think it demonstrates what little influence is wielded by the RVIA.
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:38 PM   #10
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well.......

they replaced the trouble RV refrigerator with residential units. Maybe the water heater is next. They need to look at the instant hot water heaters.
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