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Old 08-15-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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Gas Valves Interchangeable?

Hi Guys,

It's Friday and I'm just about to relax. However, no evening in an Airstream is complete without a niggling fault. I've renewed all the taps in this tube so that constant recycling noise has gone away.

No, no, this fault is silent! I switch on the atwood water heater to get that lovely "jet" sound that makes everybody say, "It's alive!", but all I'm getting is a spark across the contacts.

I'm sure the gas valve is faulty. Of course, being in the UK, getting a new valve is, quite literally, more than a walk in the RV park! Lol!

It's summer and my thoughts wander to a (for now) redundant gas valve sitting under my oven. My question is: I've replaced the gas valve on the Suburban NT 30 and that looked just exactly the same. How about swapping them over?

I know if I pull out the NT30 and dismantle it I could be comparing the valves and changing them within a couple of hours. The question is, is there any reason it won't work? ..and if it won't, can anyone do me a good deal on a replacement heater?

Marc
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Hi Guys,

It's Friday and I'm just about to relax. However, no evening in an Airstream is complete without a niggling fault. I've renewed all the taps in this tube so that constant recycling noise has gone away.

No, no, this fault is silent! I switch on the atwood water heater to get that lovely "jet" sound that makes everybody say, "It's alive!", but all I'm getting is a spark across the contacts.

I'm sure the gas valve is faulty. Of course, being in the UK, getting a new valve is, quite literally, more than a walk in the RV park! Lol!

It's summer and my thoughts wander to a (for now) redundant gas valve sitting under my oven. My question is: I've replaced the gas valve on the Suburban NT 30 and that looked just exactly the same. How about swapping them over?

I know if I pull out the NT30 and dismantle it I could be comparing the valves and changing them within a couple of hours. The question is, is there any reason it won't work? ..and if it won't, can anyone do me a good deal on a replacement heater?

Marc
If you want to play with dynamite, go for it.

Those two different valves also allow a specific lpg flow.

Assuming that they are the same, could be deadly, and risky.

The old, old safety rule, is DO NOT" tinker wih anything, that could explode and kill you or who else, unless you have the exact answers.

Additionally, those two valves sense heat in entirely two different way.

It would be rather difficult, to screw a furnace valve into a water heater.

To assume the exact operating characteristics of those two different valves, in my opinion, is barking way up the wrong tree.

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Thanks Andy! You're quite right! I'm not yet ready to exit the gene pool! ;-)
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Thanks Andy! You're quite right! I'm not ready to exit the gene pool yet! ;-)
Many of us want you to keep on Airstreaming, in one piece.

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Many of us want you to keep on Airstreaming, in one piece.

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Indeed, just think of all the dents and scratches in that lovely aluminium(yes, that is right - al-u-min-i-um)
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