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Old 01-28-2014, 07:29 AM   #21
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:33 AM   #22
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Not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but you said the water heater didn't have the electric option. Are you sure? Look outside for a small black switch, that may have a cotter pin through it, that may be the only switch for the electric option.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:33 AM   #23
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Once you have a charged 12 volt battery and a good propane tank connected, turn off the water heater for 1 minute and then try again.

You may need to flush the air out of the lines by running the stove top burners for a few minutes. If the burners don't light, turn off the gas bottle; wait a few minutes and SLOWLY crack it to keep the safety device in the gas line "pigtail" from thinking there is a big leak in the hose.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:38 AM   #24
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Not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but you said the water heater didn't have the electric option. Are you sure? Look outside for a small black switch, that may have a cotter pin through it, that may be the only switch for the electric option.
Yes I'm sure...I spoke with Surburban yesterday and they said the sw10d model is propane only, sw10de has the electric option as well.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:40 AM   #25
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Once you have a charged 12 volt battery and a good propane tank connected, turn off the water heater for 1 minute and then try again.

You may need to flush the air out of the lines by running the stove top burners for a few minutes. If the burners don't light, turn off the gas bottle; wait a few minutes and SLOWLY crack it to keep the safety device in the gas line "pigtail" from thinking there is a big leak in the hose.

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Got it herk, thanks.

Off to work now. I'm going to purchase a battery this evening and hopefully get the water heater working. I'll post an update within the next couple of days.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:41 AM   #26
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One other thing I would consider is getting a 100# propane tank for longer intervals between tank switches.



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Old 01-28-2014, 08:13 AM   #27
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My water heater will work without a battery because the onboard
power center is also a 12v battery source.
I just wonder why this one won't work??

If 12v interior lights are working the water heater should also work.

I'm not saying it's not a good idea to have a battery but this -should-
work without one.

Maybe the water heater does not have 12v for other reason(s) that
won't be fixed by adding a battery??

Just some thoughts from a guy who fiddles with this stuff pretty often.....
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:33 AM   #28
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My water heater will work without a battery because the onboard
power center is also a 12v battery source.
I just wonder why this one won't work??

If 12v interior lights are working the water heater should also work.

I'm not saying it's not a good idea to have a battery but this -should-
work without one.

Maybe the water heater does not have 12v for other reason(s) that
won't be fixed by adding a battery??

Just some thoughts from a guy who fiddles with this stuff pretty often.....
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If the converter is working properly the wh should work without a battery.
As it supplies 12v to charge the battery when in place.



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There could also be a bad connection preventing 12 volts from getting to the water heater. MAKE SURE you have 12 volts at the spark control board. Use a troubleshooting light or voltmeter.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-12-Volt-Li...item2ece14a2b8
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #30
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There could also be a bad connection preventing 12 volts from getting to the water heater. MAKE SURE you have 12 volts at the spark control board. Use a troubleshooting light or voltmeter.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-12-Volt-Li...item2ece14a2b8
Possibly a fuse in the distribution panel as well.

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