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Hello,

Recently started having problem with my water heater on my 99 SunnyBrook 5th. It's a manual light gas/electric Atwood. I can light the pilot light easily and it burns nice, but when I change to "ON" the pilot goes out. It has been working all summer, but I did notice the past few weeks I was getting soot or blackening near the exhaust area.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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Dead thermalcouple. Go to any RV store and buy a new one and install it. Maybe take you all of 15 minutes.


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donn0128 wrote:

Dead thermalcouple. Go to any RV store and buy a new one and install it. Maybe take you all of 15 minutes.


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O.k. so I called the closest RV place to see if they had a replacement thermocouple and they asked a few questions. They don't think that's the problem because the pilot lights and stays lit until the "valve" is switched to the ON position. He tends to think either a blocked line or bad valve.

He says the soot is a sign of blocked lines...so it may be something simple.

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sounds like the thermocouple to me


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CaptSailor wrote:

O.k. so I called the closest RV place to see if they had a replacement thermocouple and they asked a few questions. They don't think that's the problem because the pilot lights and stays lit until the "valve" is switched to the ON position. He tends to think either a blocked line or bad valve.

He says the soot is a sign of blocked lines...so it may be something simple.


I agree with the RV place.

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CaptSailor wrote:

O.k. so I called the closest RV place to see if they had a replacement thermocouple and they asked a few questions. They don't think that's the problem because the pilot lights and stays lit until the "valve" is switched to the ON position. He tends to think either a blocked line or bad valve.

He says the soot is a sign of blocked lines...so it may be something simple.


I agree with the RV place.

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It is not a bad thermocouple. I bet you have a bad valve.


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Posted: 08/23/11 08:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or low gas pressure. Main burner wants to come on and pilot light gas circuit is then starved for gas.
NOt a defective thermocouple. If it was, the pilot light would not stay lit.





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Alright, on to the next question. Is the valve a do it yourself replacement? Or am I better off taking it in? I'm willing to try if I can save $110/hr service charge.

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