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Fred

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Water heater problem
« on: July 03, 2005, 10:38:17 AM »
I recently installed a new Atwood propane/110v water heater. The 110 side works great, but I haven't been able to get the propane to light. (Turn the knob to pilot, stick a flame to it, won't light.)(The gas is tuned on.) What am I doing Wrong?

Carl L

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2005, 03:04:03 PM »
I recently installed a new Atwood propane/110v water heater. The 110 side works great, but I haven't been able to get the propane to light. (Turn the knob to pilot, stick a flame to it, won't light.)(The gas is tuned on.) What am I doing Wrong?


Good question.  Since I have done everything wrong at least twice, here is my experience:

1.  Air has gotten in the propane lines caused by shutdown during storage.   Solution:  Try to bleed off most of the air by lighting stove burners and then repeating the light cycle a dozen times or so at the water heater to bleed off the rest.

2.   I often forget to turn the temperature control lever of the water heater from off up to the operating temperature.   Solution:  Move the bloody lever over to operating temp.

3.   The propane valve has finally died of old age.   Solution:  Install a new valve assembly.  (This probably ain't your problem.)

4.   Somewhere in the fuss of installing something, a connection was made wrongly.  Solution:   Recheck the installation instruction with particular attention to the gas inlets and connections and trace your job back.

5.   You have somehow offended the Propane Fairy.  Go back into the trailer, pour out a small libation in her honor, go back to the cottonpicking heater, turn the knob over to pilot, hold it for a count of 50 and try, try again.   ;D

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Jim Dick

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2005, 03:16:30 PM »
I recently installed a new Atwood propane/110v water heater. The 110 side works great, but I haven't been able to get the propane to light. (Turn the knob to pilot, stick a flame to it, won't light.)(The gas is tuned on.) What am I doing Wrong?


Fred,

How long have you held the flame to the burner? Sometimes it takes a while for the gas to make it to the heater. I assume it's a manual light. Are you holding the control knob over on the pilot postion? There's a spring return and it must be held manually for any gas to flow.

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Fred

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2005, 05:39:07 PM »
Thank you for the input. I'm new at working on propane appliances. I expected it to light right away.
            Thanks again.

Karl

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005, 08:15:25 PM »
Not familiar with your partcular unit, but most with standing pilot lights have a red button you must press and HOLD DOWN while lighting the pilot; then keep holding it down for about a minute until the thermocouple gets hot. Are you doing that?
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Fred

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2005, 09:51:34 PM »
Hello Karl-

Yes I was doing that, but what I wasn't doing was not getting the thermocouple hot enough. I'll work on that again tomorrow, there is wind out there now. For what ever reason I expected to turn the knob (mine has a Knob in of a button) and apply the flame and instant ignition. But I know now that isn't the way it is.
Like I said I'll work on that in the morning. I will let you Know what happens. I'm sure you will still be there.

Jim Dick

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2005, 06:24:39 AM »
Thank you for the input. I'm new at working on propane appliances. I expected it to light right away.
            Thanks again.

Fred,

They seldom light right away. :) I've had some that took a couple of minutes before they'd try to start. Then I might have to relight them a couple of times before there was a good flow of propane. Let us know what happens.

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2005, 07:52:05 AM »
Jim,

I had a home furnace with the same problem, but with a little twist - pilot wouldn't light at all, not matter how many times I tried.... Forgot to turn on the main gas valve after shutting it off for the summer ::)
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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2005, 07:57:45 AM »
Karl,

That'll do it every time!!! ;D ;D

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2005, 08:22:02 AM »
IT WORKS
Many thanks to Karl, Jim & Carl to their good input. No more replies necessary.
Thanks to all.

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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2005, 08:28:49 AM »
Good news Fred.  What did you do to make it work?
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Re: Water heater problem
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2005, 06:49:30 AM »
Hi Fred,

Glad it to hear it works. Be sure to ask any other questions you might have. Also jump in on any discussions where you have an input. Hope you stick around.

Jim

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