Hot water heater pilot goes out

Reply

  #1  
Old 08-03-08, 07:56 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 32
Hot water heater pilot goes out

We have a 2005 forest river travel trailer with an Atwood hot water heater. When used a month ago, the pilot light went out within minutes of being lit. Just used it again this weekend and we had trouble with the pilot light going out randomly. It would work fine through 2 showers in a row, and then go out. No trouble relighting and the flame is blue. Then it went out after 1 more shower. Again relit and blue flame. It stayed lit through one more shower and reheated a full tank with no problem. It was still going when we had to turn off the hot water heater about an hour later. It did actually work fine the entire day prior to this, and it was not a windy day today. Does anyone have any suggestions about where to start troubleshooting? Have checked atwood's website and can't find any help there. Thanks!
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 08-04-08, 07:00 AM
Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 759
Although propane appliances are supposed to be serviced by a certified technician, I'm guessing either yourself or a fellow camper have tried a few things already ? What has been adjusted/tried so far ? Where is your temperature setting at, normal (red mark on casing) below, above that mark?
 

Last edited by Mike.B; 08-04-08 at 07:19 AM.
  #3  
Old 08-04-08, 08:01 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 32
We actually haven't tried anything yet since we don't have our owner's manual for the hot water heater. Our first thought was that it went out because the tank ran out of gas. So we set the gas indicator to automatically switch over to the full tank. Then when it went out again we thought there might have been air in the lines when it switched over to the full tank. So we relit it again and it was fine for an entire days use. The temp is set in the middle. It was set just below the middle setting when it went out the first 2 times, so we slid it back to the middle-which is a little too hot. Nothing had to be reset and the pilot lit right up without any problem. Without taking things apart we can't see any spider webs or bees nests.
 
  #4  
Old 08-04-08, 03:39 PM
Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 759
First, take a look at the pilot flame & make sure it's a nice blue flame. Second make sure burner has similar flame when running. One thing to watch for is that the burner isn't roaring too loud. (too much air) What happens there is that the flame in the burner is jumping out from the burner tube, and ocassionally when it goes out, it will snuff out the pilot too. A good burner flame will be all blue, with just a hint of orange at the tip. If you have any black (soot) above the heater on the siding or whatever, then you have, or have had a rich burn condition.(not enough air). The other thing I've found recently is that if you set that temp arm, slightly above (hotter) the red marker, it has cured quite a few with the same problem, and all flames burning good. Just so you know, if your burner flame has a yellow or Orange color to it, and adjusting the air doesn't help, you more than likely have a spider web in the tube. It would only take a technician about 10 min. to check all that for you, so please consider it for safety sake.
 
  #5  
Old 08-04-08, 04:27 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 32
Thanks for the advice. We are going to fill it up & check it out this weekend.
 
Reply

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes