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Old 08-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Water heater issues Itasca Spirit

Bear with me. I have a new/old 2000 Itasca Spirit I just bought. I'm trying to iron out the kinks and get it on the road.

I turn the LP valve on. Flip on the water pump switch. Run the sink both hot and cold a bit. I flip on the heater switch. The light comes on. Then goes out, then comes on and goes out a few times, until it stays off. No hot water. I do have gas to the stove. The heater unit outside is cold. I know the former owner had it winterized, and all worked fine when he had it. Now a 1/2 hour later I get no heater pilot light at all. Ideas? Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:51 AM   #2
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The hot water unit is mostly a simple unit to inspect if you are volt/ohm meter savvy. The unit has a cover door to access the components....there is a 12 volt gas valve and a spark ignitor that has a high voltage spark box component. Here is a video that will help you trouble shoot the unit. It was very helpful in my endeavor.

Atwood RV Water Heater Thermostat Troubleshooting by Bug Smacker - YouTube

DIY RV Water Heater Maintenance and Repair - YouTube
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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Has the bypass values that are used to drain the heater been turned to let water go throw the heater. I would check this firsst.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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Turns out that a clogged tube caused a flame up that burned the fuse diode. All fixed! Thanks
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:28 AM   #5
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Excellent... glad you were able to catch that yourself... saved a bundle of $
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