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Old 05-19-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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atwood DSI Solenoid Replacement

I need to replace the Solenoid Valve on my Atwood 6 Gallon Water Heater; it is a electronic ignition (without a pilot light)

The unit operates fine, but we developed a small leak on the side just before the venturi tube. Atwood indicated that there are no serviceable parts, and the solenoid needs to be replaced.

It looks pretty straight forward -- any pointers from somebody wh has replaces before?

Here is the part:

ATWOOD RV WATER HEATER GAS VALVE DSI # 93870 - eBay (item 220407919749 end time Jun-02-09 09:43:39 PDT)

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Tom
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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I need to replace the Solenoid Valve on my Atwood 6 Gallon Water Heater; it is a electronic ignition (without a pilot light)

The unit operates fine, but we developed a small leak on the side just before the venturi tube. Atwood indicated that there are no serviceable parts, and the solenoid needs to be replaced.

It looks pretty straight forward -- any pointers from somebody wh has replaces before?

Here is the part:

ATWOOD RV WATER HEATER GAS VALVE DSI # 93870 - eBay (item 220407919749 end time Jun-02-09 09:43:39 PDT)

Thanks,

Tom
Tom,
I replaced the solenoid valve, E.C.O., T-Stat, and burner tube on our '87 last year and it is really straight forward and easy. The newer solenoid mounts differently than on our original water heater so I had to jerry rig the mounting which was no problem. Other than that all you need is an open ended wrench (preferably a pipe fitting wrench) and some teflon pipe dope. After you replace the valve be sure to leak test the flare fitting with some windex or soapy water.
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply -- it was pretty straight forward, and I got it done in less than hour.

I have worked with natural gas, and LP before, just had not replaced a valve or solenoid on one of my RVs before. In my experience, you should not use teflon tape on gas fittings, as they are designed for a metal to metal seal. I did test for a leak with using soapy water.

I am not sure why this valve was so corroded -- on the outside, and on the inside before the screen.

I was lucky, in that I did not have to modify the mounting bracket.

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