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Old 06-12-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hot H2O Burner Cuts Off-Restarts

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On my 1996 Sovereign my hot water heater burner cuts off sometimes before the water is really hot. Also, it seems to have a hard time starting and I hear it clicking away before it starts up. While in action heating water, before cutting off, it seems to close down and gets real quiet. Then sometimes it goes out and tries to restart (click, click, click), or it will roar back into action and sound normal. Any ideas about what to do? I figure my problem is either with the thermostat or the burner mechanism, but I'm just floundering in the dark here. Thanks in advance for any ideas. Nick
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:25 AM   #2
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check the tightness of the mounting screws on the brain box, in particular the one with the ground wire.

might solve your problem, it did for me!

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Old 06-12-2006, 11:33 AM   #3
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I'm having the same problem with my Safari. I'll be watching this thread for replies.
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Also pull the main electrical connector and clean the contacts. See if you can find some contact cleaner at Radio Shack, or try an emery board for the famale part and gentle action on the strip with fine sand paper. Our 96 was acting flaky and that cured the problem.
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Old 06-12-2006, 12:23 PM   #5
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balky burner

You may well have a bad capacitor on the PC board. You can have a radio shop check it and replace it, if you aren't familiar. You can change out the board, but it costs more.
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Old 06-13-2006, 12:57 AM   #6
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[quote=sander17]Also pull the main electrical connector and clean the contacts. [quote]

What is the main electrical connector? The wire going to the sparker? I suspect you mean the wire that powers the whole thermostat and ignition system... hmmmm I guess I can figure out which that is.

Another query: The burner makes a lot of noise, but if I close down the air intake it makes less noise. How do you determine the correct amount of air? I live at 8300 ft, so I would guess I need a wider opening.

Yet another query: Noticed water in the burner pipe. Is this normal? At first I was alarmed, but now that I think about it, I suspect it's condensation.

Thanks for all the advice so far. I'll try everything and hopefully something will work! Cheers, Nick
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