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Old 12-26-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Help Lighting the Pilot

Hi All,

I'm a new owner of a 2005 19' Bambi.

I'm trying to figure out how to light my pilot on the water heater and am a bit stumped. I've read the manual but my panel doesn't look like the panels in the pics.

I've taken photos of what I have and hoping someone can offer some help:

This is my outside panel:
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outsidefurnace by LToTheYnn, on Flickr

Here's my inside panel:
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insidestuff by LToTheYnn, on Flickr

Thoughts?

Lynn
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:12 AM   #2
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I have an 06 and all you need to do is make sure the tanks are open and hit the red switch in the bathroom sink area. You will hear clicking noise and then a soft woosh sound letting you know is on.
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Sorry. I was referring to the water heater. The furnace is also electronic. Turn on the thermostat and set it to 70 and you should hear it ignite.
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Lynn,

I'm confused. The text in your post says, "I'm trying to figure out how to light my pilot on the water heater..."; and the photo is of the furnace.

"blmitch" offers correct instructions for both. To explain a little further, there is no pilot light on either. They are ignited electronically by an electrical spark (reference the clicking noise), so you must be connected to shore power or have battery power on.

If you are having difficulty with either the hot water heater or the furnace starting, this may be from air in the propane lines. The propane leaks out over time, when your Airstream has been sitting for over a couple of days. Then, when you attempt to start these appliances, air is coming through the lines, until they are purged by the propane. (Note: Make sure the propane valve is open.)

If either of these don't start immediately. Turn them off for a few seconds and then try again. Turning them off resets the electronics so they will try to ignite when you turn them back on. And, doing this several time purges the air from the lines.

If you are in very cold weather or high altitudes (or both), you should make sure that the propane tank(s) are full, as lower pressure in the tanks under these conditions can make starting difficult.

Let us know if these tips don't work; as there are other less common problems that may also cause difficulty lighting.
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Actually, top picture is his water heater and the bottom picture looks like the furnace. Two different devices. Both instructions are correct, electric ignition, no need to self light.
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Brilliant, you solved my mystery! I hadn't noticed that switch under mirror.

The water heater is now on and I'm looking forward to having some warm water!

Thanks,

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Brilliant, you solved my mystery! I hadn't noticed that switch under mirror.

The water heater is now on and I'm looking forward to having some warm water!

Thanks,

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We were all there at one time! Enjoy the hot water!
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