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Old 07-29-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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Atwood water heater problems

Hi..I have a 6 gal propane only HWT in a 2007 Jayflight 26jtx. The pilot light fires up and stays on, and the heater lights up when turned on. After anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, an audible click occurs and the whole thing shuts down. It re-lights immediately just fine, but repeats the problem. I believe there isnt air in the line b/c I fire the stove up first. My propane bottle was likely down to 1/3 full, but I doubt that could be the problem.

Has anyone had such a problem?

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Old 07-29-2011, 12:15 AM   #2
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Sorry, never had that problem but other members here have more experience with that. As they check this post in the next couple of days, they will be able to offer suggestions. But, welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum klboag!
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:15 AM   #3
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Just guessing but if it gets too hot it will shut down. Make sure the exhaust is clear of bees nests and mud daubers. Another possibility is the thermocouple. It could be faulty and be shutting off the gas supply until you re light it. When you push the button it over rides the thremocouple. I'm sure others that know more than I do will chime in.
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This site has a lot of good info that may help you. http://www.ducktec.com/waterheater-t...-shooting.html
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:42 AM   #5
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After anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, an audible click occurs and the whole thing shuts down. It re-lights immediately just fine, but repeats the problem.
I agree ... this sounds like a safety shut-down of some sort. Problem with the regulator, maybe?
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Are you sure there is water in the tank? Make sure the water heater tank is not set to bypass..
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:03 AM   #7
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Hey Klboag - first of all - welcome to the forum! If you get a chance, come on over to the new member area and introduce yourself.

Let me make sure I totally understand what is going on - is the pilot also going out or just the main water heater burner?
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:00 PM   #8
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Thanks...Kent
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:14 PM   #9
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thanks to everyone

Hi again, I finally found the new members area (Im kinda low tech), and filled it out.

Thanks to you all for the information. Just to respond... the tank was full of water, I cleared the burner tube, but didnt check the exhaust. The water never got fully heated, so I dont think overheating was a problem. It definitely sounds like a safety shut off. When it goes out.... both flame and pilot go out. I tested it by manually starting the pilot, turning on the heater (which fires up), then I even turned it back to pilot (and the pilot behaved and stayed on). Only when its left on and in its heating phase, does it click and shut down. I tried it over 3 days and it continued, even after the water in the tank was cool.

Ive read about the thermocoupler. So I've got full propane, will ensure full water and will try it this weekend (the trailer is on a local island here outside of Victoria).

Thanks again...Kent.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:58 PM   #10
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Me again !

Well Im back from Pender island. Took full propane, and it happened again. I even took off the thermocoupler and cleaned the contact with the thermostat. Im buying a new thermocoupler ($40) this week to install this weekend. I'll post my findings. Please continue with the suggestions, they are much appreciated.
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