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Changing heating Element

Can anybody tell me wher the heating element is located on a Atwood GC6AA-10E

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Access back of water heater, and shut off hydro to it, remove cover where you see hydro cable going into, and you will find element behind that cover.

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1-800-325-9250call this number and they can tell you what you want.

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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 have a gc6aa-10e hot water heater. I only get about 40 sec of hot water. I have raplaced check valve and put new thermostats in the water heater. I really dont know what else i should check. Need help...


Here is website for brochure and support center. http://www.atwoodmobile.com/water-heaters/atwood-water-heaters-brochure.asp

If it's electric it sounds like the elements.

Apr 23, 2011 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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Exactly wher eis the ele element located on an Atwood 6 gal Mod 6-E (LP & Ele)? Do you have to remove the entire water heater to replace the element? .Thanks...Richard.


There should be access from inside RV to get to the back of water heater. Make sure you have the hydro breaker shut off. On the back there is a cover where hydro wires etc, go in to. That cover has to be removed to give you access to element. Once cover is off, you should see element down low. You may want to test for voltage at element, then check switch ( on side or top of cover) and reset at ECO, (push in on little reset in center of ECO ) just in case one of them was the problem, and save changing the element.Then carefully test for voltage at element terminals. If voltage there and not getting hot replace element.

Feb 14, 2011 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

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Have a atwood GC6AA-10E water heater it will not work on electric or gas


If you've been using it in past on hydro then it should be on, unless someone had a reason to shut it off, like winterizing or something. You normally find it on the side of that cover, but may be on top. Hard to see it usually to confirm it's on, so I grab a small mirror and flashlight . Are you familiar with a multimeter and do you have one or access to one?

Dec 13, 2010 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

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I have a atwood hot water heater GC6AA-10E its o...


Does yours have the little cut-out diode looking thing in the plastic jacket installed between power wire and thermostat? If yes, remove it from the circuit and connect female spade of wire, to male spade of thermostat,(just removing it to by-pass it) and try it now. Let me know what happens.

May 20, 2010 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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I have Atwood GC6aa-9e. Water isn't getting hot.


If you've checked at pressure relief valve ( careful, not to burn yourself just in case it is hot) by pulling lever and catching some water that comes out in a cup or whatever. If it feels hot out of there, check that by-pass isn't faulty. Not uncommon for valves to seize, and only partially open, or close, and end up mixing hot with cold.

Mar 12, 2010 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

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