View Port Absolutely Necessary?


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Old 06-30-13, 07:30 AM
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Question View Port Absolutely Necessary?

I live 2+ hours from any type of service. My week old LPG water heater's igniter will not work. If I remove the view port I'm certain I can light the pilot. Can I do that for a very short term fix without risking a catastrophic event? We really hate to go without hot water for days until I can get service & any replacement parts required.
 
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Old 06-30-13, 09:32 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

You haven't given us much to work with. For starters we would need a make and model number of what type water heater you have there.

If it has a view port I'm thinking it may be a motor home water heater.
 
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Old 06-30-13, 09:46 AM
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Viw port?? Probably a seal chamber for FVIR technology...

1... Why is the pilot out?
2. If you do light it by opening the burner door then you would need to seal it back up. ( No reason to leave it open)
3. The door is there so flammable vapors stay out of the burner. Removing it bypasses the safety feature...
 
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Thanks for the reply.

It is a Reliance Model #630LORT301. The pilot was turned off so I could re-route the external vent pipe. But now the igniter will not spark and the only option I can come up with for lighting the pilot is to remove the view port. To remove the view port I must remove the manifold door and the pilot/thermopile/burner assembly. Therefore I cannot replace the view port once the pilot is lit.

I want to do this as a short term fix until I can get service and parts.
 
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More likely as not just cleaning the tip of the spark probe and the place on the pilot assembly where it sparks to, along with making sure the gap is not too large, will put the spark back to life.
 
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Old 06-30-13, 12:02 PM
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Furd:

I wouldn't think a week-old water heater would need to have the igniter cleaned but I was wrong. I emery clothed the igniter and it worked. Thank you so much for the helpful advice!
 
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You're welcome. Glad it was that simple.
 
 

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