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Old 01-26-2024, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Rookie Mistake Hoping I知 Not Broke After This

I'm new to owning a travel trailer. I purchased a 2019 AmeriLite 255bh and have had it filled with water until 3 weeks ago when the hard freeze came through. I was told to drain the water lines and water heater to winterize. What I didn't know was the water heater also ran on electric, and therefore had been on since purchase and for the 1 week I had it sitting dry.

I am assuming I burned out the element, which I feel comfortable replacing. However, when I tried clicking on the gas switch it did not light up. Is there a failsafe preventing gas to turn on if the water tank is empty, or did I burn up the entire water heater?

Is this a replacement a novice can fix or would I need to take it into a repair center? I'd prefer not to have to move it but also do want to make things worse than it is already.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 01-31-2024, 09:34 AM   #2
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Your water heater can be run off gas or electric
It sounds as if the element is burnt out and can be replaced pretty easily.
The Gas side just may need to be purged to get the air out but will still operate on gas alone.
You may have to try several times until the heater lights. If not reset and try again.Then replace the element at your own convenience.
If you need any more info I will be glad to help..


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Old 06-05-2024, 12:22 PM   #3
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You may have already solved this, but it also could be the little inline fuse that might have tripped. My water heater has this. It has a clear plastic part covering a little diode. When it pops, you don't see the pop externally like you would with a normal bus fuse. I popped mine, but didn't realize it. Took it to the dealer to pay a few hundred for them to tell me the stupid inline fuse popped.
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