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Old 08-06-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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New owner.. Everthing great except the water heater!

Hi y'all,
I am sooo excited to share that, after a few heartbreaks, we are the proud owners of an AMAZING 1982 27' international. I absolutely love it, and could go on and on about how great everything is (thank you previous owners)!
But... the water heater is a mystery to us at this point. Here is what happens:
we have a model with the electronic ignition, so either the electronic ignitor continuously clicks to ignite, sounds like it lights, then goes right out

or

nothing happens...

we have checked the tanks (full)
the oven and stove work

we do not know our next steps, thank you in advance for your help!
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:41 AM   #2
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Welcome airtwins to the group and kudos on your purchase. Probably nothing major with the WH. We need to know what you have (brand & model)so as to help. Also if you open the cover and post a picture so we can see how the wiring goes would be helpful also.
Might just be some pesky spider has blocked something.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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It could be that the air in the propane line has not been completely purged, which often causes sputtering and intermittent starts. On our 19-foot Bambi, the hot water heater is at the end of the propane line, and it often takes multiple attempts to ignite after more than a few days of non-use. We just turn the hot water heater on, let it attempt to start until it either lights and stays on, or stops trying to ignite. Then, we turn it off and let it set a couple of seconds; and turn it back on again. After about 3-4 attempts like this, it should stay lit, assuming there is no other contributing problem.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:11 PM   #4
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Okay, so attached are some photos of the WH, thanks for all of your help! The brands I could find were:
The electric ignitor say "fenwall inc."
something else says "maritrol" # CV200A1G1

Pheonix- we were able to get the oven and stovetop to light, do you think air in the propane lines could still be the issue?

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Old 08-14-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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Airtwins, unfortunately, the info above is the extent of my knowledge regarding hot water heaters, which is just enough to be dangerous. Also, our Bambi is a 2005 model, and it doesn't look anything like your photo. I am sure someone on this site is familiar with your model, and they can enlighten both of us.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:18 PM   #6
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Until someone with more specific experience chimes in, I can offer some basics. Check to make sure you have adequate gas pressure at the water heater. This requires a manometer calibrated in inches of water. Check to make sure there's nothing blocking the combustion air intake or exhaust. Make sure the burner is reasonably clean and its orifice is clear.

Air in the lines can be an issue... usually I'll light a stove burner first when I turn on the gas to clear some of the air in the lines, since the stove is "dumb" and will let it flow as long as the valve is open. My water heater is the old-fashioned kind, so I can hold the valve in the pilot-lighting position until enough gas is coming through to light, but I've had it go out at around the same time as when we were using the stove, so I suspect I have an issue with a restricted line or I need to adjust the regulator.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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Hello, I am having the same problem. Either tries to spark/light but no gas or does nothing at all. I am just getting into it so if I find the problem I will write here.
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I had the same exact same problem a couple of years ago.

It ended up being the solenoid valve. It was pretty straight forward to replace. Our water heater is an Atwood.

Hope this helps,
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:18 AM   #9
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Armed with a meter I went to investigate. After no hot water all weekend, it fired right up, over and over again. I am thinking one of the two temperature cut offs may have been compressed and moved while driving. They are a by-metal that opens the circut when proper heat and over heat is reached. I have ordered 2 new ones just in case.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:52 PM   #10
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Can anyone tell me what kind of water heat this is in the above picture. I have the same one and I'm trying to replace it but I'm completely ignorant about whether it is a 6 gal or 10 gal. I believe this is a gas model with direct ignition. All of the information on mine is rubbed off so I can't find a model number. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:05 PM   #11
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Might check this out.. I had that problem right after I purchased a 94 model from some folks up in Colorado and found that they had turned the by-pass valves on/off so that the heater would not fill with water during the winter. After I opened the valves for normal flow thru the water heater it ignited and worked just fine. The valves were located under the lavatory near the hot water heater. Hope this helps
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Picture looks to me like an Atwood 6 gallon heater with DSI.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:05 PM   #13
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Okay, So we able to get the wh to light by cleaning the orifice, but the ignitor continuously sparks. Is there a heat sensor that is not telling it to stop igniting?
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Water heater won't work

I replaced the two temperature sensor next to the valve and controler. It was a little probelmatic at first but then worked properly all weekend. I bought them off ebay, good price, new. Atwood 6 gallon.
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