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Old 08-08-2015, 07:37 PM   #1
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Water Heater won't stay on?

So I'm having some trouble with my water heater. It will light but immediately turns off. The pilot fires up, I get a flame but then it shuts off. I'm hearing a click when it shuts down.

Pressure, control board?

AS is a 2008 Safari Sport 22.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 08-11-2015, 09:48 AM   #2
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Same trouble with my 85 Excella...
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:37 AM   #3
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:42 AM   #4
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I had similar. There are several possibilities of cause. What have you tried?
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:27 AM   #5
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Same here on my 2004 28' international. It was the flame sensor/igniter. $25.86 on Amazon. VERY easy to replace. It will take you 60-90 seconds to replace. ��
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:41 AM   #6
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Thermocouple could be bad!
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:55 AM   #7
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Mine kept turning off after a short run time. Check your orifice, spiders sometime web across and block gas flow. Removed mine and held it up to light and you could see tiny threads. You wouldn't think it would be enough to hurt anything, but after removing heater runs great, better flame, and quieter. Something you could check.
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So I'm having some trouble with my water heater. It will light but immediately turns off. The pilot fires up, I get a flame but then it shuts off. I'm hearing a click when it shuts down.

Pressure, control board?

AS is a 2008 Safari Sport 22.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any help.

JSE
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:13 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. Thanks Dave for the PDF. I need to read this front to back.

I think I will try the Sensor/Igniter first and then if no luck, the thermocoupler.

So far I have not have a lot of time to work on it but I have cleaned everything and made sure all connections are solid. Didn't seem to help. I still get about 1 -2 seconds of flame and then it goes out.

I'm hoping it's a an easy fix as mentioned above. I've got to the run by the AS tomorrow and get the right model number so I can order the igniter sensor. So maybe this weekend or next I'll be able to do the repair and see how it goes.

Thanks again everyone for the advise and help. Much appreciated and I will report back on the outcome.

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Ok.. I tried 'all the above' and finally replaced the 'igniter board'... with a "Dinosaur Board"... problem resolved.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:17 PM   #11
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Had similar issue with 2000 Bambi 19'. Cleaned and adjusted what I think is called the ignition tube. Seems to be working much better now. I live on some rural property and have a lot of wasps in the area. I found a small nest in water heater area.
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Had similar issue with 2000 Bambi 19'. Cleaned and adjusted what I think is called the ignition tube. Seems to be working much better now. I live on some rural property and have a lot of wasps in the area. I found a small nest in water heater area.

If you are getting a "nesting" issue, plug up the holes on the outside door when NOT in use. A simple method is to open the WH door, drape a section of screen material over the opening then trap the screen by closing the door. You will
Probably want to cut a slot in the screen so the latch can easily protrude.

We have a "wasp screen" on the door and have had no issues. Wasps and spiders tend to like the "propane" odor and are drawn to its presence.

Just remember the 3 things needed for fire.. Air, fuel, ignition/heat source.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:47 PM   #13
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sounds like a dirty igniter/flame sensor. clean with steel wool or replace. new board may fix it as it will have a different flame signal requirement
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:12 PM   #14
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Getting ready to order some parts. When you guys are saying igniter/flame sensor, are you talking about the spark probe? It's basically the pilot.
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