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Old 06-23-2012, 05:16 AM   #1
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I have a 2011 sunset trail. This is second season. First season Hot water heater worked fine with gas or electric. Today decided to double check everything before we leave on a trip next week. The water heater will not start with gas. It clicks, lights up for a few seconds then goes out. The other gas appliances are working fine. The water heater works fine with electric. Any ideas?
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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You may have air in the gas line. When I have had my tanks turned off for awhile I generally turn on the tanks then light a range burner for several seconds. Then whenI turn water heater on it still takes several failures and resets before it lights and stays on. This seems to be somewhat normal.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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Are your bypass valves in the normal position and not the winterize position?
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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It sounds like a dirty ignitor or a spark gap that is to wide.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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If you are getting a flame for a few seconds then the ignition system appears to be ok. It almost sounds like your gas solenoid valve is acting up. I had a similar problem and I had to replace it. I went online and got the manual and parts list. I followed the suggested troubleshooting guide, which in my opinionis very poor and it didn't really guide me to the gas SV. I decidedthat theorifice on theSV might be plugged so Itook it off, inspected it, and found it to beclean. Then I performed avery risky manouver.Usinganother12volt source, I energised the SV with the orifice still removed. When the valve operated, I expected to smell propane,but I no gas was comingout. I bought a newsoleniod valve (a 100+ bucks), installed and repeated my previous test and the gas was flowing. I put everything back together and the WH has worked ever since.

So after all that I said, it might be a good idea to have look at the gas SV by first checking to orifice and then the SV. By the way, when you energise the SV, it will make a clicking sound which is normal, but it doesn't necessarily mean that SV is open to pass the gas to the orifice.
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Also, check for bugs in the orfice section section.

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Old 06-24-2012, 11:46 PM   #7
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Hamops decribed exactly what's happening. It'll flame up for a few seconds then goes out. I will check the orifice for any obstructions. Just the other day I had to drive my father inlaw to the doctor to have his orifice checked for obstructions.
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