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Old 04-13-2009, 09:17 AM   #1
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Atwood Gas water heater - 'click then shuts off'????

Hi everyone, First time poster. I was trying to troubleshoot my problem on the net when i cam across this site. Lot's of great posts and tons of info but i haven't found the answer to my problem...yet. I have an Atwood Gas water heater 10 gal (bought in 2000 i think). I start up the pilot with no problem nice strong flame then turn the knob to on and the main burner kicks in no problem, nice blue strong flame. A few mins later I hear a click and everything shuts off. I notice that this happens quicker when I shut the door. I had a friend replace the gas control with a spare and it does the same thing. Any ideas of what the problem is and what do I need to do to have it fixed.? Is it the gas control or is it something else?

I don't know much about these gas controls (well actually nothing at but my thought is that there may be a gas leak somewhere and the control valve has a sensor (just a guess) and is picking that up and shutting itself off.

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Old 04-13-2009, 11:46 AM   #2
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Here's is a well discussed thread on this from another site. You might try calling Atwood. They have been more than helpful the couple times I've called them.

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: If your Atwood water heater quits, try this...

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Old 05-10-2009, 02:10 PM   #3
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Must not be the controller.

Currently, I have this same issue. I have replaced the controller with a new unit, pulled and cleaned the orifice & burner tube, replaced the pilot and thermocouple unit, tightened & retightened the thermocouple sensor, cleaned the flue, I even rebuilt a very corroded exhaust baffle; all to no avail.
The first time I light it, it stays on the longest. Subsequent firings last much shorter, leading me to believe it has something to do with the water temperature & pressure. Aside from that I am baffled. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Have you made sure the thermocouple is fully engulfed in the flame? The thermocouple has to "sense" flame to allow the gas valve to remain open. If the flame is not sufficient, the gas valve will "click" closed for safety.
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