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Old 05-13-2014, 07:59 PM   #31
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Just add to all this, try it at night, no lights nearby. I'm wondering if the igniter supply is working but as in old auto spark plug wiring somemes the spark jumps to "ground" before reaching the target igniter. You'll probably see it in the dark.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:02 PM   #32
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The spark should be in the chamber where the black wire hooks to the porcelain sparker. You should see a spark from the end of the probe to the burner itself. If not, consult the manual for the exact measurements the probe has to be from the burner.



If the sparker is too far away from the burner, it will not spark and if it is too close or close to something other than the burner it will not light.

The gap is supposed to be 1/8", which it is. I'm referring to the gap between the sparker (white porcelain probe with wire on it) and the "probe" that is beneath it. There is no spark between these when the water heater tries to ignite. If I put a match in there, it will light but it goes out after a couple of seconds. That leads me to believe the sparker is bad
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:36 PM   #33
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Yes it sounds like the igniter is bad. Replace it.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:50 AM   #34
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Here's my water heater. Tried it again today, not lighting. I hear it click, then I hear the gas, but no ignition. Does it 3 times then it locks out.
Tom - in looking at your unit and comparing it to mine - the sliding tube that controls the amount of air being mixed looks to be at the most closed position. Mine is not, it is close to wide open.

I wonder if the problem is yours is not getting enough O2? Since you can light with a match but it goes out this suggests it either starving for fuel or oxygen.
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Tom - in looking at your unit and comparing it to mine - the sliding tube that controls the amount of air being mixed looks to be at the most closed position. Mine is not, it is close to wide open.



I wonder if the problem is yours is not getting enough O2? Since you can light with a match but it goes out this suggests it either starving for fuel or oxygen.

I'll give that a try. Thanks
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:49 PM   #36
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Opening the shutter leans the mixture; closing it enriches it.

Crud in the stack prevents the propane from flowing naturally into the combustion chamber making an over rich mixture as well.

Someone may have tried to fix an over rich mixture by opening the shutter.

There should be a "starting" shutter opening amount in your operators manual. If not, check the installation manual.
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