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Old 08-06-2004, 08:36 AM   #1
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Water Heater Trouble

I have an Atwood Elec/Gas unit that is less than two mounths old. I came home to find the Ingniter light on and the water cold. I found that the propane bottle was empty. I switched to the full bottle, but the heater will not light.
Any ideas were to start diagnostic?

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Old 08-06-2004, 08:58 AM   #2
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I have an Atwood Elec/Gas unit that is less than two mounths old. I came home to find the Ingniter light on and the water cold. I found that the propane bottle was empty. I switched to the full bottle, but the heater will not light.
Any ideas were to start diagnostic?

Don
You probably have air in the gas line. Loosen the gas line connection to your water heater and let it bleed out until you smell the propane. Retighten the connection and hit the igniter. This happened to me the last time my bottle ran out.
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Old 08-06-2004, 09:22 AM   #3
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You probably have air in the gas line. Loosen the gas line connection to your water heater and let it bleed out until you smell the propane. Retighten the connection and hit the igniter. This happened to me the last time my bottle ran out.
Thanks, I will give it a try.

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You probably have air in the gas line. Loosen the gas line connection to your water heater and let it bleed out until you smell the propane. Retighten the connection and hit the igniter.

There is a safe way to do this. The above statement will work, but once you have flared the copper and seated it to the brass loosening and re-tighing it is not good for the seal. Stuff can get in and cause a leak

If the heater is a pilot light model use a butane igniter and do the normal pilot light functions, BUT keep the pilot light knob on for 30 seconds, ans keep the igniter lit for 45 seconds. Turn the knob over to on, with the igniter lit. This will open the main valve and the main burner and pilot will light.

If it is a DSI model you will need to do 4-6 restarts.

In either case be sure you have gas to the cook top first.
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There is a safe way to do this. The above statement will work, but once you have flared the copper and seated it to the brass loosening and re-tighing it is not good for the seal. Stuff can get in and cause a leak

If the heater is a pilot light model use a butane igniter and do the normal pilot light functions, BUT keep the pilot light knob on for 30 seconds, ans keep the igniter lit for 45 seconds. Turn the knob over to on, with the igniter lit. This will open the main valve and the main burner and pilot will light.

If it is a DSI model you will need to do 4-6 restarts.

In either case be sure you have gas to the cook top first.
Thanks Guys!
I got it up and running. It must have been air in the line.

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