- 1 Where is the heating element on a camper water heater?
- 2 How do I troubleshoot my RV water heater?
- 3 What size socket do I need to remove a water heater element?
- 4 What is a water heater element?
- 5 What is an anode rod?
- 6 How can you tell if a water heater element is bad?
- 7 What are the signs of a hot water heater going bad?
- 8 How do I know if my hot water heater thermostat is bad?
Where is the heating element on a camper water heater?
Suburban water heaters have a switch located on the water heater itself, just to left of the drain plug/anode rod. Some campers also have a switch inside the camper to make it more convenient to turn on the electric heating element. This inside switch could be located anywhere.
How do I troubleshoot my RV water heater?
While your at it, perform the regular water heater servicing that is likely long overdue in most RVs.
- Drain and rinse water heater tank.
- Replace RV water heater anode.
- Replace electric water heater element.
- Diagnose faulty water heater thermostat.
- Replace thermostat switch.
- Investigate and repair faulty power switch.
What size socket do I need to remove a water heater element?
The right socket for water heater element is Drive x 1-1/2 inches socket. Designed to properly the all common size electric heater elements, this socket’s opening will snugly fit the hex end.
What is a water heater element?
A water heater element is a specific tool or a part within the cylindrical unit of the heater that provides warmth to the water inside a tank or container. It is actually a metallic rod either straight or in spiral shape that is directly immersed to the liquid.
What is an anode rod?
The sacrificial anode is an essential component of your water heater. It’s a long metal rod, made of magnesium or aluminum, which extends through the tank’s interior. It attracts particles of iron, limestone or other minerals present in the water through an electrochemical process and corrodes in place of the tank.
How can you tell if a water heater element is bad?
Touch a probe on the multitester to each screw on the element. If you get no reading, or a maximum reading, the element is bad. Elements do have some resistance, so a reading of 10-16 ohms is normal, with higher ohm readings for 3,500 watt elements and lower readings for 5,500 watt elements.
What are the signs of a hot water heater going bad?
Signs Your Hot Water Heater Is Going to Fail
- Water leaking from the heating tank.
- Age of the water heater.
- Running out of hot water quickly.
- Inconsistent water temperature in the shower.
- Discolored water coming from faucets.
- Unusual noises coming from the water heater.
- Lower water pressure.
How do I know if my hot water heater thermostat is bad?
If you turn the hot water tap and cold water runs out, then the upper thermostat is damaged. But if the water is hot that becomes later becomes cold, then you have a damaged lower thermostat.