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    Hot Water Tank Not Heating: Recommendations?-gctid802104

    Last fall before I winterized the boat my hot water heater was working fine. When I re-filled it and turned it on the other day it is not working.

    It is a Seaward S-1800 which is an 18 gallon tank. It is 16 years old so maybe it is time to replace it anyway. Could it just need a new heating element?

    It is not heating water in the tank using the breaker panel. Tomorrow I am launching and testing all systems. I am sure hot water will be produced from the engine flow through.

    North Harbor Diesel will take a look at it sometime soon to diagnose. If I do have to replace it are there recommendations from the Bayliner gang?



    Thanks,

    Jerome
    Jerome Robbins
    Commodore, Fidalgo Yacht Club - 2019
    Anacortes, WA

    Previously owned:2001 Bayliner 4788 - twin 370 Cummins,
    1994 Bayliner Ciera 2855 V8-7.4L
    1994 Bayliner Classic 2252 V6-5.2L

    #2
    Could be the heating element, or the thermostat. Use a meter and check for power at the element.

    16 years old, may be time for a new one. Ours is original 1987, and still works fine, so maybe a new element will fix you up.
    Joel
    1987 3818 Hino 175
    "Knotty Girl"
    Prince Rupert B.C.

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      #3
      Checking for power to the heater element first, if power is to the heater element then

      drain it and install a new heater element, do not turn on the power unless the tank is full or it will almost instantly kill the element.
      Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

      Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
      Twin 350 GM power
      Located in Seward, AK
      Retired marine surveyor

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        #4
        If you are not going to keep the boat more than 16 years, replace it with the same brand, nothing fancy. Check dimensions carefully.
        Started boating 1965
        Bayliners owned: 26 Victoria, 28 Bounty, 32, 38, and 47 since 1996

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          #5
          If the water heater has a breaker on it, like mine, it could be something as simple as resetting the tripped breakerr, and I'm not talking about the circuit breaker at the electrical panel. I thought I needed a new heating element as I measured power to the element, then noticed the breaker.

          Hope that helps,

          BJ

          OMEGA

          5788
          BJ
          OMEGA
          5788

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            #6
            "If the water heater has a breaker on it, like mine, it could be something as simple as resetting the tripped breakerr, and I'm not talking about the circuit breaker at the electrical panel. I thought I needed a new heating element as I measured power to the element, then noticed the breaker."

            Yes - +1 - it is a pushbutton breaker on the heaters thermostat likely under a metal plate where the 125 volts enter. Please disconnect the 125 volts to the boat before you play in there with that breaker. The pushbutton is typically red, plastic ,and about 1/16" in diameter - just push it back in.
            Northport NY

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              #7
              "smitty477" post=802135 wrote:
              "If the water heater has a breaker on it, like mine, it could be something as simple as resetting the tripped breakerr, and I'm not talking about the circuit breaker at the electrical panel. I thought I needed a new heating element as I measured power to the element, then noticed the breaker."

              Yes - +1 - it is a pushbutton breaker on the heaters thermostat likely under a metal plate where the 125 volts enter. Please disconnect the 125 volts to the boat before you play in there with that breaker. The pushbutton is typically red, plastic ,and about 1/16" in diameter - just push it back in.
              I removed the metal cover protecting the wiring on the water heater and under all the wiring I spotted the reset button. Once pushed, I flipped the breaker on the panel and we are back in business.

              Thanks to everyone for your quick responses and solution.

              Jerome

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              Jerome Robbins
              Commodore, Fidalgo Yacht Club - 2019
              Anacortes, WA

              Previously owned:2001 Bayliner 4788 - twin 370 Cummins,
              1994 Bayliner Ciera 2855 V8-7.4L
              1994 Bayliner Classic 2252 V6-5.2L

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