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Old 11-02-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Round window on Atwood water heater door?

What is the clear round plastic window on the newer Atwood water heater doors for? It does not seem to line up with anything to that lights up or that you need to look at. Also will the older 70's doors fit the new water heaters or do I need to buy a new door also? The hinges seem to be the same.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:24 PM   #2
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In the SOB trailer I owned 20 years ago, the 'window' lined up with the burner tube perfectly. Guess you could check to see if you had pilot light on without having to open door? Sure could tell when flame was burning, at night almost like having a night-light on that side of the trailer. Don't believe my '89 even has the window at all.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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I just replaced an old Atwood G6A6 water heater with a new G6A7 heater, and the old door and stuff fits perfectly. You have to drill one little hole in the new one for a sheet metal screw for the exhaust grate - that's it!

The door was - trust me on this - the least of my problems.
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Going to do the same thing...

Hello drboyd,

I need to do the same thing as you, replace the Atwood G6A water heater. Tell me did you have any troubles getting yours to come out?

Looking for some inside information to maybe save a step or two.

Thanking you in advance,
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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Well, I had to replace pretty much all the piping around that area, so that was an issue too. My water pump is right there, too.

I used those stainless steel braided flex hoses to connect the inlet and outlet; the old fitting were in a different place than the new ones.

The WH comes out and goes in from the outside; getting it out isn't much of an issue, seeing as how mine had the fiberglass / cardboard insulation jacket.
The new one, however, had a styrofoam insulating two-piece thingy that wouldn't fit in the hole. I ended up using the bottom piece and leaving the top piece out - one of these days I'll wrap the top half in fiberglass.

SharkBite fittings are your friend!

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Hello drboyd,

I need to do the same thing as you, replace the Atwood G6A water heater. Tell me did you have any troubles getting yours to come out?

Looking for some inside information to maybe save a step or two.

Thanking you in advance,
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