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Old 04-05-2014, 11:36 AM   #1
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I'm on my first trip for the year. I woke up this morning and my Hot Water heater is not working. The LP will not ignite and the electric is only giving luke warm water. I have tried to bleed the system on the LP and it does not seem to be working. Any thoughts????
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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Couple of thoughts.
First, the electric May take quite a while starting from cold, maybe an hour + from cold.
When you go to start on gas, can you hear the heater igniter sparking?
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:11 PM   #3
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Hi JBrockey,
Not knowing where you are or the outside temp, there are several things you can try. My assumption is the stove and furnace are propane fuel sourced.

1. Make sure the WH is full of water.
2. Turn on the electric. It will take several hours to heat to full temp.
3. While waiting for the electric, try the following for the propane side.
4. Turn on another propane appliance (like the stove or the furnace). If they are operating on propane the WH should be good to go. If they do not operate on propane, make sure the main tank propane is turned on. If on, the regulator may be the problem. This is an easy and cheap fix.
5. At the WH, open the outside cover and make sure the switch (lower left) is in the on position.
6. Turn the switch on (inside of the coach) that tells the WH to heat via propane. The red light should come on. After about 15 seconds the red light should go out . Go outside and you will hear the propane burner heating water.
7. If the red light does not go out, the burner did not ignite. Consider cleaning the orifice and checking the valve, at the heater, to ensure they are working. Get out the instruction manual or get one via the Internet to understand more about how to do this step.
9. Even on propane, the heater will take an hour or so to heat to full temp.
10. If the electric heater was turned on (even for a few seconds) with no water in the heater, the element is burned out.

Some where in these steps you will find the problem.
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Jim , follow what Gary has said and you will find the link here for your Suburban WH.
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Before you start ripping everything apart and spending heaps on spare parts.

I suppose you checked that the outside shower hasn't got both taps turned on. This could cause you to have only warm water when the temperature of the water inside the tank is actually very hot - and this in turn would mean that the propane won't light simply because the water is already hot.
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All of the above are good suggestions. Given that you mention it was your first trip of the year, and not knowing if you had hot water the night before, I might suggest you check to make sure your winterizing bypass valves are in the proper position. It almost makes me wonder if there is any water in the WH.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:57 PM   #7
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Thanks to all for your input. It turned out to be a valve that was either not turned when I had it dewinterized or at least not fully opened. It was causing the hot water to circulate with the cold and come out luke warm.
Again, THANKS to everyone. It was a great help.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #8
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Hi JBrockey,
Thanks for the update. Just goes to show sometimes the simple item is the cause of the problem. Kudos to Jim_L for getting it right.
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