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Old 05-25-2015, 07:24 AM   #1
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Water heater question

Hey everybody. I just got to the fort at Disney yesterday and it's awesome. However my water heater is giving me a little bit of a headache. It's an atwood with the unitrol thermostat. I fired it up last night and it seemed liked it burned forever and didn't shut off until I turned the thermostat down. We're pretty new to camping and I don't remember from last year how long it took. Can anyone who has an atwood 6 gallon heater advise how long it normally takes for there's to cut off when first lit? Also where do you guys normally set the thermostat? Thanks in advance. I'm going to shut it down for now and go play with a 6 year old at "Mickey Mouse's House" (I'm trying to post a picture of the thermostat but all I have is a cell phone so I'm not sure if it will work)
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:37 AM   #2
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:46 AM   #3
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Normally I would set mine at the midway point shouldn't take longer than 1/2 hour to get to temp.


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Old 05-25-2015, 08:29 AM   #4
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The camper is a 2013. It's the original water heater. Thanks for the help. When you say half way. Is that between the two vertical marks on the thermostat? I'll have to time it next time so I know. At 0100 everything seems like its taking a lot longer!

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Old 05-25-2015, 09:59 AM   #5
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between the hot and warm setting you will see a small vertical bar. Line the up with the RED mark on the outside of the dial. One other thing is you should hear the main flame make a slight roaring sound. If not it could be that the orifice may be slightly clogged. That tends to happen if spiders etc. get into the burner.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:21 PM   #6
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That setup was on my old trailer and it would take about 1/2 hour to get to my setting (just above body temp, the word WARM positioned at 10:00) from cold tap water.
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Thanks for all the replies. I have it set significantly hotter than that, so I guess it just takes longer than I remember. On a somewhat unrelated note, I turn the water and water heater off when we leave the camper for a significant amount of time. Anybody else do this, or am I just being overly paranoid?
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Did you check the winterizing valves? If they are open there'll be a constant flushing of fresh water through the system.

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doesnt seem like a bad idea to shut the valve at the pedestal just in case. IMO
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Always a good idea to shut off the main supply to the camper when you are going to be away for any length of time. I have seen hoses burst and even though it may not cause and damage to the camper it sure can cause a waste of the campgrounds water.
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