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Author Topic: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before  (Read 1811 times)

backyarddad

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Hello all -

I have a Rockwood Freedom, it has a 6 gallon Surburban water heater with manual pilot light - that has to have the flame brought to the pilot.

When I first got it, I lit the pilot light - no issues, it stayed lit and ignited the water heater as needed - now I can not for the life of me get the pilot light to get gas to it.  This is what I do:

I turn on the gas to the camper, go inside and ignite a burner on the stove to get gas flowing.

I get to the water heater, turn the red knob to pilot, and push it down, gas never flows...I put a flame to the thermocouple, get it hot and then gas flows when I move the knob to "On", and I can ignite the burner and it flows without issue, as soon as the thermocouple cools off, the burner goes out.  There is no flame at the pilot light area because I cannot get gas to flow to it.

Any ides?  Gas goes to the burner, just not to the pilot light, thus not heating up the thermocouple.  How long should I hold the red button down to get gas to flow?  Am I forgetting something?

Thanks.

BYD
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- My Crew: Keith, Connor, Alex, and Ava

Great Horned Owl

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2013, 04:34:56 PM »
Gas flows to the pilot through a very small orifice. It can get clogged up, possibly by a little corrosion. You might be able to blow it out, but replacing it it might be a better option. One or the other of these might do it

Suburban Pilot Assembly 161156 or Suburban Pilot Assembly 520567

Joel

edit: fixed URLs -LS
« Last Edit: August 25, 2013, 06:40:29 PM by Lou Schneider »
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backyarddad

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 05:01:41 PM »
Gas flows to the pilot through a very small orifice. It can get clogged up, possibly by a little corrosion. You might be able to blow it out, but replacing it it might be a better option. One or the other of these might do it http://www.rvpartscenter.com/ProductDetail.asp or http://www.rvpartscenter.com/ProductDetail.asp

Joel

Thanks Joel for your quick response, I will try blowing them out, however your links do not list a product, can you report?

Thanks.

BYD
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- BYD

- My Crew: Keith, Connor, Alex, and Ava

Great Horned Owl

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2013, 05:23:33 PM »
I can't get links to specific parts to work on that site. Just go to http://www.rvpartscenter.com/ and search on suburban water heater pilot.

Joel
Joel & Dorothy
Retired electronics engineer. Avid photographer, paddler & birder.
2011 Silverado 2500HD, Duramax, 4x4,crew cab, 8' bed
Palomino Puma 253-FBS  27' 5th wheel
1994 19' Class B Horizon / Chevy

backyarddad

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2013, 05:32:34 PM »
I can't get links to specific parts to work on that site. Just go to http://www.rvpartscenter.com/ and search on suburban water heater pilot.

Joel

Thanks again.
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- BYD

- My Crew: Keith, Connor, Alex, and Ava

Lou Schneider

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013, 06:09:45 PM »
Along the same lines, insects are attracted by the smell of propane.  You might have a spider web or nest blocking the flame nozzle (different than the orifice).

backyarddad

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2013, 06:26:06 PM »
Along the same lines, insects are attracted by the smell of propane.  You might have a spider web or nest blocking the flame nozzle (different than the orifice).

If I remove the entire unit and blow it out, would that help with both issues?

Thanks.
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- BYD

- My Crew: Keith, Connor, Alex, and Ava

Lou Schneider

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2013, 06:41:07 PM »
I fixed the links in Joel's message above.  Try them again.

backyarddad

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2013, 07:25:33 PM »
I still get directed to the main page, even after a refresh.

Got it, thanks.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2013, 08:54:09 PM by backyarddad »
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- BYD

- My Crew: Keith, Connor, Alex, and Ava

backyarddad

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Re: Question on Surburban Water Heater - I have searched the forums before
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2013, 11:02:55 PM »
Update -  PROBLEM SOLVED!!

I replaced the pilot assembly and it works now.  The other one was full of crud and allowed no gas to flow.

Thanks all for your help.
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- BYD

- My Crew: Keith, Connor, Alex, and Ava

 

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