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hoeky_b

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Water heater problems
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:52:16 AM »
I cant get my water heater to work. first problem is no spark coming from igniter, next with butane lighter ---nothing lights. All this tells me that the spark igniter box is faulty and wont let the gas valve open.
                                            anyone else have ideas? and where can I get parts for something this old?
1993 Ford E-350 Oakland MH

Alfa38User

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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 09:02:28 AM »
Make and Model of the water heater?? How old is "this old"??
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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 10:12:30 AM »
 Try disconnecting all the connections to the circuit board. Then clean all the contacts. A pencil eraser works good for that. After cleaning the male part of the connector, plug the in and unplug it several times to try and clean the female connection.

This will have nothing to do with your issue because you're not getting spark. But while trouble shooting remove the burner tube and make sure spiders haven't built a house inside.

Do you other appliances work on propane?

Do you have 12 volt DC power going to the circuit board?
« Last Edit: July 21, 2017, 10:14:58 AM by Rene T »
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hoeky_b

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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2017, 10:31:24 AM »
1993 Oakland---water heater is g6a-6e model. I have heard of a company called dinosaur electronics that carry them for around $75.00.  has anyone done business with them?   how would you test them?
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Alfa38User

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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 11:19:10 AM »
Many people here swear by the dinosaur boards. They are apparently much better made than the originals. Follow the suggestions above before buying one though.
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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 11:43:49 AM »
1993 Oakland---water heater is g6a-6e model. I have heard of a company called dinosaur electronics that carry them for around $75.00.  has anyone done business with them?   how would you test them?

hoeky_b
Most RV places and mobile RV techs have electronic board testers...(some will test boards at no charge).

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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 02:00:11 PM »
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I cant get my water heater to work. first problem is no spark coming from igniter, next with butane lighter ---nothing lights. All this tells me that the spark igniter box is faulty and wont let the gas valve open.

Whoa! Let's not start replacing circuit boards when the nature of the problem has not yet been determined.  Atwood heater circuit boards are very robust and rarely need replacement. Possible, of course, but not at the top of the list for probable causes.

Could be just the igniter, or even just the wire from board to igniter. Or a slightly out-of-position igniter electrode. Any of those cause a "no spark" and no ignition.  The gas valve will close within about 20 seconds of the first attempt to spark if no flame is detected, so you cannot manually light a DSI heater once the ignition cycle ends.  That's a safety design.

Download an Atwood heater service manual for some further help:
http://bryantrv.com/docs2/docs/atwoodwaterheater.pdf
« Last Edit: July 22, 2017, 08:43:23 AM by Gary RV_Wizard »
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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2017, 06:11:41 AM »
Many people here swear by the dinosaur boards. They are apparently much better made than the originals. Follow the suggestions above before buying one though.

 I am one of them and I have the credentials to support that opinion, Very well made products.
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hoeky_b

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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 01:46:26 PM »
Thanks everyone for all the replies.
after some head scratching--I checked all the electrical wiring and found the problem---loose connections on 2 of the 4 poles on the switch. reworked them and all is well--for now.
again thanks everyone
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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 04:53:27 PM »
Thanks everyone for all the replies.
after some head scratching--I checked all the electrical wiring and found the problem---loose connections on 2 of the 4 poles on the switch. reworked them and all is well--for now.
again thanks everyone

Good for you. Thanks for getting back to us.
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Re: Water heater problems
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2017, 06:05:38 PM »
Glad you fixed your problem, and I will second thank you for posting the fix, and letting us know how you resolved your issue.

 

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