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Old 06-10-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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Water Heater Help 1975 tradewind

I'm trying to figure out the water heater in our 1975 tradewind. When I look at the instructions on the water heater and in the manual, it talks about pressing a red reset button to light. When I look at the water heater I don't see a button. Has something been changed with this unit? I have some pictures of the unit that Iíll try to post. Also, I've turned on the gas and got it to work in the stove and furnace - but when I turn knob on the water heater to the" pilot" or "on" settings I don't hear or smell any gas. Is anybody familiar with this unit and how to light it?

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Old 06-10-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Water Heater Help 1975 tradewind

Greetings Newlyweds!

Rather than the red piolt button, your water heater has the function built-in to the blue knob. Turn the knob beyond the pilot setting until it stops -- be prepared to hold a lighting stick in the pilot area for several minutes while the gas makes the journey to the pilot -- once the pilot is burning steadily, release the button and move the knob to "run" and the main burner should light.

It looks like it may have been some time since the water heater was last operated. It would not surprise me if the air tube is filled with spider nests. The air tube is held onto the round main burner chamber entrance with one bolt which, when removed will allow you to gently bend the capillary tubes to that you can clean out any obstructions in the tube -- I found mine clogged with a solid mass of spider nests nearly 2" long at the beginning of this season (a long, flexible, small bottle brush is ideal for this cleaning operation -- mine is one made for cleaning test tubes).

Good luck with lighting your heater!


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You may have to hold the knob in the "pilot" position for a couple of minutes, until the thermocouple heats enough to allow the gas valve to stay open.
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There should also be a valve under the trailer for the water heater. Make sure that is turned on as well. The handle on the valve will be parallel to the lines when it is open and perpendicular to the lines when closed.


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Old 06-11-2009, 09:03 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info everybody, it was very helpful! I kind of thought the knob worked that way but wasn't sure. I'm pretty sure there's some kind of gas flow problem. I will try cleaning out the air tube and see if that works. There are two valves on the gas line on the bottom of the trailer that are rusty, but I did manage to turn them so the handles are in line with the gas line. Is it possible that these valves have failed and are not letting gas through or is that unlikely? Anyway thanks for the help!

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It's unlikely that the valves are not letting the propane through the line. It IS possible that there can be a leak at the valve or at the flared fittings. Make sure to use soapy bubbles and spray on the connections to check for a propane leak. Also, have a safety drop pressure test done on the propane lines to assure that you have no leaks.

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