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I have a 2003 Gulf Streamotorhe and the panel above the

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I have a 2003 Gulf Streamotorhe and the panel above the stove which controls the water heater and fan light and levels lost electricity. How do I get the water heater started?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: RV
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Did you check all the fuses to see if you just have a blown one? And you can find out if the panel is the issue if you have a small digital multimeter. Let me know and I can direct you in some testing. If you can attach a photo of your panel, that would help here. All follow ups are included in our fee.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did check all of the house fuses and they are on. Are there other fuses I should check. I will send a pic when I get home A
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

That should have been where it was..........if you don't have a small digital multimeter you should stop by a hardware store and pick one up.........about $15 or so and it would make this diagnosis a snap. If the power is still available to the panel then you can bypass it and go directly to the water heater switch. Just be sure that the problem isn't the safety fuse on the water heater. Those get toasted all the time and then it won't come on. Get back to me when you are ready..........R.J.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here are the pics you asked for
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Got them..........so do you have a small multimeter or a 12 VDC test light and we can track this down?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My schedule won't let me work on this project until Friday. I will have a multimeter
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.
10-4.......get back to me on Friday and we can do some testing.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry got the flu just now able to get back at it. I do have a meter. What's next?
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Can you attach a photo of the REAR side of your switch module so I can direct you on the testing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Looking at the photos..........do you see the white plastic fuse holder? Did you check that fuse? And you can take it out and test for power INTO that with your meter set on "DC Volts" on the 20 scale. Ground the black probe on the white lead which is the second from the end in the first photo.........that should be a ground. And test for power between that lead at the end of the board and the RED lead on that end, which should be positive. Let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That white plastic holder is not a fuse. Just a male into female
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

O.K..........did you check the voltage reading between the red and white leads at the end of the board? IF NONE, check between the white lead and the others to see if you get any 12 vDC reading at all and IF SO, which ones.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I didn't get any readings. Here is a pic of the wires coming into the vent
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

Check between the yellow/brown and the white.........both with a wire nut and NOT factory! And see if there might be a bad connection in there.

Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

I can't tell from the photo IF one of those wires on the end of the board goes over to those white wires with the wire nut?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did that. I cut them to test. Can I at least make a jumper for the water heater. I don't care too much about the rest of the switches
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

I have to leave for an hour of so...........try to find at least one HOT lead coming into that cluster. Larger reds are usually positive. IF you don't find one, chances are good that there is another issue along the way that is causing this. And yes.........for the water heater. Which switch is it from the back? You still have to find a hot lead in there someplace OR a good ground IF that turns out to be the problem.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is the fifth sorry to be such a pain. I'll keep looking and will talk to you later thanks
Expert:  Randall replied 1 year ago.

No problem.........sometimes it takes some digging to get to the answer. That is just part of the job!