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Old 12-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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Water Heater Burner ?

Working on the gas part of my Suburban 6whde water.heater that was in parts when i bought the TT. Got the burner to fire up this morning ( It's not mounted inside the tank ) but the flame does not look as hot as i think it should, but as mentioned, it's outside of the heater. Should there be an air adjustment collar around the burner office ?

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Question #2

How long should it run before the thermostat ( If working ) shuts it off ?

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There is a metal adjustable collar that is missing You may also have a burner orfice that is partially stopped up. Usually the burner lasts about twenty some odd minutes before shutting off.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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There is nothing missing. Atwood has an adjustable collar. Suburban air adjustment is set.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:17 PM   #5
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Put it all back together and it lights up and burns, now to see if the thermostats are working. Also, since the previous owner never used it, can you tell if the heater has been bypassed, as far as water being supplied to it. Looks like the valves seem to be turned so the heater is getting water ???

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By the way, the ele. element is toast, but it is getting power. But i think at this point getting it working on propane is my priority.
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You have a single bypass valve, so it can only be turned two ways. Honestly, let it heat up after a while and then see if you have hot water. If it's only cold, flip the valve direction. Then it should be hot.
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Well- everything works great, took about 20 min. to heat it up till it cycled off ( water was about 130 deg. ) was surprised how long 6 gals of hot water lasted. Ran it till it kicked back on and cycled again.

Npw have to decide weather to try to replace the electric element, i know an element thats probably been in there for 13 years,may not want to come out, and risk screwing up the whole unit, the same with the anode rod .

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Soak the threads for a few days with penetrating spray. Then, when you're ready to pull them, heat the water up that final time like you would with a torch.
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Well- everything works great, took about 20 min. to heat it up till it cycled off ( water was about 130 deg. ) was surprised how long 6 gals of hot water lasted. Ran it till it kicked back on and cycled again.

Npw have to decide weather to try to replace the electric element, i know an element thats probably been in there for 13 years,may not want to come out, and risk screwing up the whole unit, the same with the anode rod .

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Replace the element and the anode rod.(Every 1-2 years max on the anode rod replacement) The key is to do it right the first time.

Weather permitting and 1-2 times yearly thereafter, I would put a ratio of (1) gal of generic white vinegar per 15 gal of water into your fresh water tank and fill, run all inside/outside faucets and toilet until you smell vinegar. Allow the water heater to fill also then let everything sit overnight. Drain tank and water heater then refill with fresh water and run all inside/outside faucets again. May have to drain tank once more and refill if vinegar smell is evident. Vinegar will keep calcium/lime from plugging up lines and fixtures.

You should also buy one of this and flush the bottom of the water heater out 1-2 times per year. Water Heater Tank Rinser - Camco 11691 - Water Heaters - Camping World
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jesilvas- I was with you till you until the torch part ???

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When pieces of metal are seized together commonly people use torches to heat them up to make the metal expand so it's easier to take apart.
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Any thought of using my air tools (impact wrench ) to remove the anode ron and ele. element ? I read the tank is glass lined.

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I wouldn't. I would just soak it like I said, let the tank heat up, and see if you can break them loose by hand.
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