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 Posted: Thu Jan 6th, 2011 02:54 pm
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I have an Atwood (G6A-7)6 gallon RV water heater. I cant get the pilot to stay lit after I release the button. I've changed the thermocouple but still have the same problem. Could it be the 'new' thermocouple or the gas control valve. if so how do I replace the gas control valve? (like pull it off and put a new one on).
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 Posted: Thu Jan 6th, 2011 04:33 pm
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Go to Tanklets using the link at the top of the Tank topics index and read the one on FVIR issues. You may need to do some dusting.

Randy Schuyler

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 Posted: Thu Jan 6th, 2011 05:06 pm
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I'm going to get another couple today, try a good cleaning and see if that works. I looked at the link you sent but could find nothing that directly linked to my issue.
When I got the travel trailer, I had issues lighting the pilot, then somehow got the main burner to light, once the water was hot it shut down and the pilot went out. Haven't got it working since.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 6th, 2011 07:41 pm
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I was pretty sure there was one in there about needing to keep the bottom air intake screen clean. If it clogs with dust on some water heaters, the pilot won't light.

Randy Schuyler

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 Posted: Fri Jan 7th, 2011 12:24 am
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Randy this is a 6 gallon RV heater. Make sure the pilot is large enough to heat the thermocouple. I always get spider webs in mine.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 7th, 2011 02:04 am
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I bought a new control valve today and pilot assembly, found it all for $100 at a 'nearish' by dealer. So From the model number on the valve it seems to indicate it's the original valve, so I'm sure its shot! I just need to work out how to get this thing out, its in there tight! Any suggestions? or how to's?

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 Posted: Fri Jan 7th, 2011 02:16 am
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Take a picture of your heater so I can see your setup.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 7th, 2011 02:27 am
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this is not directly of mine but the same model

Attachment: atwood.jpg (Downloaded 16 times)

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 Posted: Fri Jan 7th, 2011 02:32 am
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I'm guessing a great big pair of channel locks, which I don't think Ive got! Ugh

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 Posted: Fri Jan 7th, 2011 10:19 pm
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Thanks for the advice. I did some extra research by the model number on the control valve. Seems it was the original one and the trailer is an 86 so I dare say it was shot, It did some weird stuff when I first fired it up! I managed to find a new 'updated' control valve and pilot assembly for $100 (+taxes), got it together today so much quicker and less painful than fault finding! Was a little tough to get it off, first finding a pipe wrench, then getting in there, but got it done. Took a little to get it lit due to air in the line but now its running like a charm! I dare say it was the valve. thanks again,
Ben :D

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