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Old 08-19-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Hot water heater problem.

So I was out camping this week and went to fire up my hot water heater and it was giving me some fits. It did fire up but it kept wanting to shut off, I could hear the ignitor clicking and the flame itself was weak and cutting in and out. When I took the outer door off to see what was going on the heater would work much smoother with none of the above mentioned issues. Put the door back on and it would start up again. It seems like an oxygen issue? The van is a 2005 SMB west conversion, it has the suburban H20 heater in it. Is there anything I can check or is this something I should take to a repair place? There seems to be nothing blocking the intake and I have a full tank of propane.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: Hot water heater problem.

I haven't had that problem but it might be soot or dirt on the burner although I'm not sure why it would work okay with the door off. You might e-mail Peter DelToro at SMB West (p.deltoro@sportsmobile.com) for some suggestions...
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
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Re: Hot water heater problem.

Sory, don't know much about propane systems.

BTW, if your water is hot you wouldn't need a water heater!
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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Re: Hot water heater problem.

here are three reliable sources of information for the Propane Fired Heaters .
http://www.ducktec.com
http://www.rvtechlibrary.com
You should not have to much of a problem getting your heater to work as they are fairly straight forward and simple systems .
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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Re: Hot water heater problem.

Thanks Greggd for the links, I will check for the obvious stuff and see if there is anything to it.
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