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Old 08-05-2020, 03:00 PM   #1
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2016 Airstream Interstate- no hot water

Wondering if anyone has some trouble-shooting steps?

-Breakers seem good
-Has plenty of propane AND the stove lights

Have on idea how to figure this out.

Appreciate the help.


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Old 08-05-2020, 03:11 PM   #2
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Does it make hot water on electric but not propane? The ignition boards in the Atwood water heaters are prone to failure. It is an easy fix with a better board (dinosaur board) that can be found on amazon if that is the issue. Check that you are getting propane to the heater also, maybe an obstruction from insects..

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Old 08-05-2020, 03:18 PM   #3
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Does the water heater light and stay lit?

Water heater bypassed?

Any hot water from galley faucet, bath or outside shower locations?
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:12 AM   #4
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Try unplugging and re-plugging the connectors on the control board inside the outside vent. I had to do that once to remove corrosion. Also, I have had mine start, run a few seconds, then go-out on LPG if it had recently rained hard or been washed. Water gets somewhere and will eventually dry out after several start attempts.
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:49 AM   #5
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We had a similar problem. We had hot water on shorepower put not propane. I found that if the access door was open the hot water heater would work on propane but not if door was closed. I repositioned the insulator on the propane ignition wire and it works great now with the access door closed.
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Old 08-06-2020, 12:20 PM   #6
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Literally just experienced this problem (and more). Bought a $120. Dinosaur board, but was not the issue - installed it anyway. Here is the link that my husband posted, once he figured out what was happening. Maybe save you a few bucks and troubleshooting headache: Scroll to his response on 7/23/2020 at 3:53 p.m.

Good luck,
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:55 PM   #7
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I have found that the connectors under the outside door can get corroded and cause the water to not work properly. When I had this type of issue I just removed the plugs on the control board and cleaned them up a bit. Reinserted the connectors and water heater worked OK again.

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When you unplug the circuit board clean the terminals with a pencil eraser and coat them with a dielectric grease and reinstall. The mfgs are too cheap to use non-corroding conductors. That fixed my refrigerator.

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