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Old 11-05-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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Water Heater gas valve

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I have a 1965 Airstream Globetrotter ( 20 foot) and I need a new gas valve for the hot water heater. I don't know the water heater brand but I think it is a Bowen. The tank and all is in great shape ( it appears to be the original one ) and I want to replace the non-functioning gas valve with a new one rather than doing a whole new water heater now. Does anyone have a source for a new gas valve?

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Old 11-05-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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Greetings
I have a 1965 Airstream Globetrotter ( 20 foot) and I need a new gas valve for the hot water heater. I don't know the water heater brand but I think it is a Bowen. The tank and all is in great shape ( it appears to be the original one ) and I want to replace the non-functioning gas valve with a new one rather than doing a whole new water heater now. Does anyone have a source for a new gas valve?

Thank you
Steve

Water heater usually don't last 42 years.

Replacing the gas valve is not a good idea with a water heater that old.

Parts like that are not returnable.

The problem, is when you try to remove the old valve, it will be seized. That being the case, you will twist the fitting on the tank, rendering it usless.

Then you will have to buy a water heater, and be stuck with a valve as well.

The other part of the problem is that the "exact" make and model must be known, or post a photo.

Guessing at what exact part you need is not a good idea.

If a dealer guesses the wrong one, whose fault would it be?

Always have exact information when your ordering appliance parts, or post photo's.

Andy
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.
I have removed the valve and burner assembly. I think before I research a new unit I will see if I can match the old Honeywell valve with a new one. If I can find one and it gives up right away I will let you know so you can tell me "I told you so".
Again thanks for your reply, I'm just too hardheaded to take the reasonable path.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:20 AM   #4
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Hey Steve,
I just replace the thermostat, burner tube and pilot/thermocoupler on my Bowen out of our 72 International. If you were able to get the old one then you should have no trouble putting the new stuff in. It only took one trip to the hardware store to get what I needed to lengthen the burner tube that was sent and was too short. But everything else went great. Good luck
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We just put one in our 72. The RV place had the exact one. Check out your nearest RV place.


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Water heater usually don't last 42 years.

Replacing the gas valve is not a good idea with a water heater that old.

Parts like that are not returnable.


Andy
I need to tell that to my 1960 vintage WH (operating on borrowed time)
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