Atwood or Dometic Water Heater Reset Button (How To Reset)

There is not always a reset button. Many RVers get spoiled as a ton of RV accessories and appliances come with a simple reset button. But be forewarned, not every appliance will have one of these conveniences. You may end up doing a hard reset.

There is a little confusion as some people say there is a reset button and others say there isn’t. It will depend on the year and model of your water heater if there is one. Usually, just turning the device off and on again will reset the board.

To learn more about this topic, just continue to read our article. It has the information you want to know about so you can reset your Atwood water heater easily. Sometimes you just have to disconnect and reconnect the wires.

Dometic Water Heater Reset Button Location


The location for this brand’s water heater reset button is on the upper thermostat. If you are having a problem, the button should be popped out and all you have to do is reach in and push the button.

When you push the reset button, you should hear a click and the button should be flush with its holder. If the reset button keeps popping out on you, then you have a problem with the water heater. The next thing for you to do is to start searching for the failed part or problem.

Once you find that part or problem, then you can replace it and the reset button should remain in place. The button should be in plain site so you should not have any trouble seeing it once you remove the access panel.

Atwood Water Heater Reset Button


According to our research, some Atwood water heaters have a reset button and some don’t. For those models that do, it is tucked away near some blue and red wires.

You have to carefully reach in with your finger and navigate around those wires to push the button. According to the photo we saw, you have to reach past the control board to get to it.

Just be careful when you are reaching inside that small area. Then there are models that do not have a reset button. Back in 2015 to 2017, there are many Atwood water heaters that did not come with that option.

One set of instructions says to shut the board off and turn it back on in a few minutes. That should reset the board. However, some owners have stated that they had to remove both the red and the blue wires to reset their water heater.

If you do not find a reset button, those are the two steps to try.

Why Does The Water Heater Reset Button Trip?


The reason the reset button exists is to protect the appliance from any electrical damage due to a variety of electrical issues. When there is a problem, the reset button is tripped and you have to push it back in to get everything working like normal.

This is a vital part that makes it easier to get your water heater functioning again or see if there is a problem. If the reset button keeps tripping, then you know there is a fault somewhere in the system.

That knowledge will lead you to a faulty part or a loose connection and so on. One owner had to replace their thermostat and ECO unit because the water heater kept failing to work.

They were also the ones that had to remove their wires to get the water heater to reset. Atwood sent them new parts directly so they could make the repair.

Water Heater Reset Button Not Working


There are a lot of reasons why your reset button does not work. One could be a faulty connection. That connection could be shorting out the system, and tripping the reset button constantly until it is fixed.

Or, you have a problem with your thermostat. If that is not working right, then your reset button will continue to trip and you won’t be able to reset your water heater.

This is what you have to do when you face this situation. If the reset button is not working, then you know you have a problem with your water heater. The problem is not with the reset button but with the control board, a bad connection, the burner, or any one of a number of water heater parts.

It will take some time to track down the broken part or problem. Then you have to go get replacements or hire a technician to do the work for you.

The Water Heater Reset Button Stuck

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This can be a problem if you actually have a reset button for a water heater. Many owners have searched and searched and never found one and we have come across mechanics who have said there aren’t any on certain models.

If you have one and it is getting stuck all the time, then you have a problem with the reset button. A good cleaning may take care of the problem. Dirt and grime can find their way into the button area and get lodged between the button and its casing.

Or it just failed on you and in that case, you need to replace it with a new one. The repair is not difficult but to be on the safe side, you may want to call in a technician to handle the work.

Some Final Words

Double-check your water heater model. You may or may not have a reset button on the Atwood series of water heaters. If you do then half your problems are already solved. If you don’t, then you have to work a little harder to reset your water heater.

If you can’t do it, that means you have a minor to a serious problem on your hands. You will have to find the bad part.

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