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Old 05-17-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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Gas only Water heater question.

We have an Atwood model G6A-8E hot water heater. Gas only.

How long should the burner remain on until it reaches full temp and shuts off? There appears to be no temperature adjustment on it.



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My 6 gallon gas only Suburban (suppose similar to Atwood) takes about 20 minutes - give or take a minute. This is from cold water start.
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Anyone have troubleshooting guide for it? Does not shut off the burner. Had it on for 40 minutes. Water was so hot you could cook with it. Burner still burning.


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Old 05-17-2014, 08:48 PM   #4
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Here's an Atwood manual.

http://manuals.adventurerv.net/Atwoo...-93755-10E.pdf
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I am sure others will reply here with more knowledge. However, I would think the pressure relief value would have popped also? That is the purpose of that value - if it gets too hot. Also, I would think there is a thermostat of some kind but not sure? My 6 gallon (again it is a Suburban) will stop after a certain temperature is reached and it is quite high but I don't know the exact temperature. I would think 40 minutes is way too long. Hopefully others will help and the link to the manual may give you some information.
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I also have a Suburban gas only water heater. Just tried it for the first time this season yesterday. Water was still really cold coming out of the hose 35 degrees night before I filled the MH. Seemed like forever but it did shut off after around 30-40 minutes. Mine has a temp gauge on it just like at the S&B'S. At first I thought it was still running but turned out to be the Pilot. From now on I will open the door and check what is running..
Mine will also heat the water if running MH thru the motor. Does yours?
Be sure there is water in the tank first off, I had a little air in the line to start with. I also made sure the relief valve worked.
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Two things to check. Under the black foam rubber pad you'll see two electrical devices. One is the thermostat the other is overheat protection. Both of these devices need to be in contact with the water tank to work properly. In fact, each has its own spring that pushes it onto the tank to ensure contact. The thermostat typically does all the work; senses temp drop and signals the boiler to fire-up until its set point is reached. Should it not work correctly, the backup is the overheat device next to it. Once water temp reaches this device's set point, the device is supposed to shutdown the boiler.
I'd be checking for good clean contact with device to tank for both, then I'd look at good and clean electrical connection as well. A pencil eraser make a good tool to clean up connections on the circuit board. Best of luck.
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Cool beans. Thanks for a ll the tips. I will take a look at it this afternoon.


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I have an Atwood gas only 10 gallon water heater. It ran about 40 minutes to get hot and real hot. I installed a new thermostat kit that contains one thermostat set at approximately 140 degrees and the safety thermostat set at approximately 180 degrees. Still takes 40 minutes and 140 degrees is very hot. The kit was about $30.00 at local rv parts store. Hope that helps.
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The non-adjustable thermostats are usually set to 140 degrees from the factory. This is done to ensure more cold water is mixed with the hot water. It makes the hot water last longer.
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[QUOTE=Virago-Rider;2056038]We have an Atwood model G6A-8E hot water heater. Gas only.
How long should the burner remain on until it reaches full temp and shuts off? There appears to be no temperature adjustment on it.
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I don't know how long it "should take" but the gas burner will shut off automatically when the factory installed 'non-adjustable' thermostat is satisfied, (and re-fire automatically, when hot water is drawn from the tank and replaced with cold water and/or when the water in the tank cools).
See: RV Water Heater Basics, Types, and Maintenance
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