Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-21-2005, 06:38 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sabattus ME. 04280
Posts: 36


Hi:

After most heavy rains, the Water heater will not start, goes on/off-on/off------
Until it warms up and dries or I dry it with the wife's hair dryer.
Then it runs great, until the next heavy rain, it does not actually get wet in the compartment, only damp.

Any suggestions as to how I can fix this problem??

By the way, this is an Atwood 6 gal. Heater

Thanks for any and all replies.
__________________

__________________
98 Itasca Sunrise 31WB
92 Eddie Buaer Explorer.
Buzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-21-2005, 06:38 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sabattus ME. 04280
Posts: 36


Hi:

After most heavy rains, the Water heater will not start, goes on/off-on/off------
Until it warms up and dries or I dry it with the wife's hair dryer.
Then it runs great, until the next heavy rain, it does not actually get wet in the compartment, only damp.

Any suggestions as to how I can fix this problem??

By the way, this is an Atwood 6 gal. Heater

Thanks for any and all replies.
__________________

__________________
98 Itasca Sunrise 31WB
92 Eddie Buaer Explorer.
Buzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2005, 07:01 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 68
Your problem sounds like loose and/or corroded wiring connections. I had a similar problem years ago, and I discovered that crud and corrosion was causing poor electrical connections.

I suggest you carefully disconnect each wire connection (one at a time) and clean it using fine emery paper. After cleaning, a little dab of dielectric grease at each connection can help prevent future problems from moisture and water. Dielectric grease can be purchased at AutoZone, Advance Auto, or any auto parts store. It's purpose is to help seal out moisture and water from spark plug wire connections, but it's effective in this application as well.
__________________
Tom & Sallie Norman (And Our Lovable Dog Pepper)

Tom Norman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2005, 08:37 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,073
If it is not bad connections as Tom describes, then you will probably have to replace the circuit board. It is sealed, but moisture is obviously affecting an electrical circuit somewhere, so if not the wiring than it's likely the baord itself. Figure $100-$140 for a replacement board.

You might check to see if you are getting 12-13 volts DC to the circuit board the next time it won't start. If not, it's definitely the wiring. If you are getting 12V and it still won't start, the circuit board is suspect but you need to make sure the ground and any other connections are good too. For example, if the t-stat is not calling for heat (closing the ingntion circuit properly), it isn't going to start. Corrosion on the t-stat connectors could casue that.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2005, 07:47 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Palisade CO
Posts: 3,563
In addition to the other suggestions, if the heater is an automatic ignition type, you might want to make sure the igniter wire is not rubbing against metal. If so move it away and spray silicon on the insulation (not the tip). That might keep moisture from collecting on it.
__________________
Clay WA5NMR - Ex Snowbird - 1 year, Ex Full timer for 11 years - 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N Workhorse chassis. Honda Accord toad.
Clay L is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2005, 06:34 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sabattus ME. 04280
Posts: 36
Thanks for all the good suggestions, The MH is covered for the winter, as soon as it warms up, April ??? I will check the wires and try all suggestions, before going to a new circuit board.

Will let you all know in the spring what happens.

Sincerely: Buzz
__________________

__________________
98 Itasca Sunrise 31WB
92 Eddie Buaer Explorer.
Buzz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water Heater problem deltadawn Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 3 02-08-2009 04:23 AM
I have a problem .... no water in HW heater ... skigramp Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 01-02-2008 06:32 PM
Another water heater problem RedriverD 5th Wheel Discussion 5 10-30-2006 04:10 AM
Water Heater Problem chevyrod 5th Wheel Discussion 3 09-12-2005 05:34 PM
Another water heater problem Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 13 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.