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Old 05-13-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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Surburban SW6DE Hot WT issue, fix, and I have a question

I tried firing up my Surburban SW6DE hot water tank today on gas, the ignitor was clicking but no flame. After a dozen on - off tries, turning the switch on - off, I gave up and came in to search the web, the majority of web posts said likely bad gas valve Went back out, tried another 6 times, still no joy.

I decided to look inside the interior compartment where the HWT tank is mounted, and found this loose green wire, I shoved it back in the plastic connector, turn the tank on and it fired right up, big joy!

QUESTION - what are those round plastic connectors, are they just fancy butt splice connectors, they are stamped 3M?
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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Looks like a cheap way to make a connection.
It -might- be some sort of fuse or current limiter but I really think
it's just a device for connecting 2 wires together.

Just shoving it back in there is temporary fix. I suggest stripping insulation
off both wires about 1/2 inch and then screw on a little plastic wire nut.

Other option is to open the connector if you can and place the wire all the
way inside and then snap the device shut.
Sometimes you can re-use these connectors and sometimes you can't
get them open again.....

Good find!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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I had the same issue. I cleaned and adjusted the igniter for the hot water heater.
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Yes, new connector, but don't use a wire nut. This isn't a house. There's lots of vibration that will make them fall off. For just two wires, I'd suggest a butt-splice (crimp).
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That type connector has a dielectric inside, and when you make the crimp with a pair of pliers the dielectric seals the connection from potential moisture.

They cost more than the round crimp connectors that are normally used by the majority of RV manufacturers, so I'm surprised but glad to see them used.

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Yes, new connector, but don't use a wire nut. This isn't a house. There's lots of vibration that will make them fall off. For just two wires, I'd suggest a butt-splice (crimp).
You can use wire nuts IF you then use electrical tape and start wrapping below the nut and continue past the end and fold it over and wrap back down to below the nut. Seen professional electricians do it all the time and do it myself when I use a wire nut.
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I suggested a wire nut because the average "joe" probably doesn't have butt
splices or special crimping pliers. A wire nut is a pretty common thing and]they
often come in various parts bags for this or that. Also a wire nut if sized correctly and tightened as tight as you can by hand will be unlikely to fall
off. Tape is an excellent addition. A zip tie placed just below the wire nut
will work great to help secure the joint also. If you do have butt splices and crimping pliers for them, that is a vibration resistant connection for sure.
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