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Old 12-22-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Water heater pilot out

I looked at the manual but cant figure it out, what am I missing? It says its automatic. 2014 thor hurricane 34j
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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Water heaters have not had pilot lights for years. When hot water is needed, a piezoelectric igniter "clicks" and provides the spark to light the propane flame. Stand outside your coach, next to the water heater door, and have someone inside turn the water heater "ON". You should hear several clicks, then the sound of the burner flame.

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Old 12-22-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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All the RV water heaters I have ever seen don't have pilot lights. They have some sort of electronic ignition to light it off when needed.

Are you having an issue getting it to fire off? Many units, if they have been stored for some time, end up with air in the lines, and it can take multiple attempts to get them to fire. I found that if I got the stove to light, the usually was a pretty good indicator that MOST of the air was purged out of the lines, but sometimes it would still take a couple of tries to get an individual "thing" working.

Also (and this was a dumb thing I did), if you think it's running, but you're not getting hot water, make SURE you have the valves for the outside shower head turned to the off position. We found out the hard way in very cold weather that cold water can cross into the hot side through there. Spent 2 days chasing that in below freezing weather...

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What kind of water heater is it? It most likely does not have a pilot ...it should be ESI (electronic spark ignition). When the circuit board/t-stat calls for heating, it will activate the ignitor and you will hear "click, click, click" as it tries to light. If it fails to light, it will repeat two more times I believe. Then it will not try again for a period of time to allow any accumulated LP gas to disperse before trying again.
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Just make sure you are not out of LP gas. Mine did the same thing. then I discovered the LP gas bottle was empty!
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It should be a DSI (Direct Spark Ignition). When it calls for water heating, the igniter fires and directly fires the main burner.

If you have had the gas lines shut off, turn on the propane and them light a burner on the stove. It make take a while to clear the air and get the gas to the burners. After this burns clean, turn on the water heater and let it cycle. You will hear the igniter firing. If it fails to fire, the heater will lock out. Turn it off and try again. It may take several tries to get the gas to the water heater.

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Spiders

It's very common to have spiders build webs inside the gas path. I've found egg sacs in more than a few water heaters.

Not hard to disassemble and clean.
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If you have had the gas lines shut off, turn on the propane and then light a burner on the stove. It may take awhile to clear the air and get the gas to the burners. After this burns clean, turn on the water heater and let it cycle. You will hear the igniter firing. If it fails to fire, the heater will lock out. Turn it off and try again. It may take several tries to get the gas to the water heater.

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I agree with this poster.

My list in order would be as follows:
  1. MAKE SURE THE WATER BY-PASS VALVE IS OPEN FIRST (Check pg 115 of your Owners Manual.)
  2. Turn on propane sniffer.
  3. Turn on propane at the tank.
  4. Bleed out the lines by lighting the stove-top burners (as mentioned by TXiceman)
  5. Turn on water heater as mentioned by TXiceman. (There may be a red light that will turn on by the switch IF IT DOES NOT LIGHT. If there is a red light by the switch AND it is not on- that means that the water heater is working.)
Good luck to you. Please let us know if you get it figured out!
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:39 AM   #9
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You guys ........and gals are great. I will try again with DW inside and me outside.
Unit is brand new so im sure its simple
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #10
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After checking everything mentioned in this thread I can tell you that the water heater is clicking but still not lighting.
I will say that I don't smell gas but I know it's a full tank and on
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Couple of things:

1. Can you light your stove?

2. How many times did you attempt to light the water heater (First time can be a PAIN)?

3. WHERE are you? I ask this because high altitude may require adjustment of the assembly to fire correctly (i.e. high altitude needs more air since it's less dense).
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might just have some air in the LP lines if it has never been used. Like a previous poster said, make sure the stove burner lights and burns a nice blue flame, let it burn for a minute or two then try the water heater again.
Kind of a dumb question but, are you sure the gas is turned on? Forgetting to turn it on happens to the best of us, don't ask me how I know that.


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If you open the valves on the propane bottles too quickly, they will interpret the sudden pressure drop as a leak in the lines and shut down. You need to open them slowly.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:25 PM   #14
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I tried about 9 times. DW used the stove to cook breakfast. 1ST time trying to use the WH. Im in FL
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