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I have model gc6aa-9e water heater. I think i blew the 120 element by turning on breaker B4 filling water tank after winter; The schmatic that came with camper shows part # 91160. Is this corect and if so where can I buy one. thanks for your help

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Yes, That will do it. Most RV appliance parts can be purchase at RV dealerships that have parts department. Camping world has always been very helpful. As far as A part # is concerned I can't confirm although it is good to have it and the make and model of the unit. Good Luck

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Should I have power at both elements all the time?


Push circuit breaker fully off and then fully ON
Test for 240 volt across top twp screws on upper thermostat.
If tank was not full of water when breaker was turned on, then upper element burned out.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#new

Yes both elements will test for 120 volt to ground at all times... but it takes 240 volt to heat element
http://waterheatertimer.org/Element-tests-for-120-Volts.html

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My ariston 80L water heater not heating water anymore, what's wrong?


You need to replace the heating element or sometimes they have two heading elements. Make sure you turn off the breaker, drain the water, before you remove elements....Do NOT turn breaker back on until water tank is filled with water.

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We have a Richmond 50 gal Rheem model 8MV50-2 that blew out the bottom element. We changed both elements and refilled the tank but the water heater won't heat. Do we need a new tank?


Electric water heater is fully repairable unless it is rusted out.
All 2-element tanks are 240Volts.

If you have NO hot water, then suspects are 240Volt circuit supplying only 120V, reset button is tripped out on upper thermostat, bad upper thermostat, bad upper element.
If elements were not completely covered with water when power was turned on, then elements will instantly burn out.
When filling water heater tanks, open bathtub spout. Wait for water to come out full stream. Then open TP valve on water heater for a moment to remove last of air. Then turn on electricity.

Open following link for complete troubleshoot walk-thru.
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Gas works fine -gets hot water. But electric will not give hot water, only cold. How do you remove the heating element? It is on the inside of trailer in a black box? Model GC6AA-10E Atwood.


I'm thinking when you say black box, that you also have a wall switch with a symbol like a lightning bolt and you switch that on as well as checked breaker panel to make sure breaker is on as well.
With that said, you'll have 2 of 3/8" nuts holding that black cover on. Remove top one and loosen bottom one and pull cover off. ( Be sure power is off to unit while doing this.) You'll find the element in behind it. Put a voltmeter on black to element (red probe or alligator clip) and (black probe) to ground where you see green wire connected to tank. Turn breaker on then switch at wall. You should hear a relay click and 120 Volts should show at black wire ( red probe) . If you've got 120 volts there, shut off all power, drain water heater and replace element.

Jul 04, 2011 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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I TURNED ON POWER TO MY NEW ELECTRIC WATER 40gal MODEL # GEM402 AFTER FILLING WITH WATER. WATER WOULD NOT HEAT UP. CHECKED THREMOSTATS BOTH WERE PRSET AT 120 CHECKED POWER,BOTH HOT WIRES HAVE 124 VOLTS TO...


The controls of electric water heaters are designed so that at no time are both the top and bottom heating elements energized. Nearly all electric water heaters of this capacity in the US & Canada (other places, too) operate on 240 Volts.

When the water in the tank is below the set point of the thermostat (in your case - 120 degrees), the top heating element is expected to be on - (unless there is an issue with the top thermostat or limit switch). The top most control is the "high temperature limit". It is identified by the reset button on it. Make sure this isn't tripped by depressing the button. If it clicks - it was tripped and should start to make hot water at this point. If not tripped, you should check for the presence of 240 Volts between the heating element terminal screws. Do not measure from ground to a terminal screw and believe 120 Volts is "good". To make heat, you need 240 Volts - not 120 Volts measured across the terminals - not to ground. The amount of heat created running at 120 Volts is only 1/4 of what it will do at the correct voltage.

If you don't measure 240 Volts on the top element, check the bottom element in the same manner described for the top element.

If unable to measure 240 volts on any element, either there is a problem with the power source (blown fuse or circuit breaker), high temp limit switch, or thermostat(s).

If 240 Volts is present on either heating element, and water is not warm / hot in 30 minutes or so, a defective heating element is suspect. You can change controls without draining a tank, but replacing elements will require draining the tank first. Do not power the water heater without first filling it.

You can read a very detailed "how to" article about checking water heaters here.

I hope this helps - and good luck!

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HI I HAVE AN ATWOOD WATER HEATER MODEL NUMBER GC6AA-9E AND AS HARD AS I TRY, I CAN NOT GET AN ANWSER FOR THE RIGHT REPLACEMENT MODEL. THERE IS CONFUSEION ON WHAT WILL WORK. YOUR ASSISTENCE WILL BE...


By model number it tells me that you have Electric element, as well as gas with electronic ignition for the gas, is that correct?
Any 6 gallon Atwood will work, and if you want to have all the same features available, you simply order another 6 gal, with same features. If you decide to forget the electric element, and just go with gas and electronic ignition, they should be able to order you just that tank. You can even order a tank with manual ignition, and forget all the other options if you wanted to. Personally, if it's got hydro and electronic ignition for gas, I'd replace it with same, unless I have no access to hydro, and will never use that option. If all those options are working on yours, you can just replace the tank, rather than buy all those items new on a complete tank. Any 6 gal. Atwood will go in the hole, it just depends on what you decide you want. I don't understand what the confusion is about, but maybe I'm missing something here.

Oct 02, 2010 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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Atwood GC6AA-9E water heater isnt working properly


The ignitor is also a flame sensor. If it's not working to ignite, good chance it's not sensing flame to keep gas flowing as well. Could also be board.

Sep 09, 2009 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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Attwood RV Water heater model GC6AA-10E overloads breaker when


I would remove the heating element from the hot water tank. Take a look at it as it is probably fried from due to turning on the power to the tank when there was no water in the tank. If it looks ok still do a continuity test on it. I believe that is your culprit.

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Mar 09, 2009 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

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