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Old 06-17-2017, 12:21 PM   #1
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Tempermental Hot Water Tank

I have a 2013 SS3170DS, which generally has been free of issues sans some routine PM issues.

The last time out in May, we noticed that the HW on propane, did not fire up long enough to make the entire tank hot. Flicking the HW switch would have it fire up for only a few moments, then turn itself off. Luke warm water was the result. But, after a few cycles it came back to life and worked normally the rest of the trip. Didn't think anything of it until it just acted the same on our current trip. Took a bit then everything seemingly normal. Propane tanks are full, is something going or does it take a while for the propane to be consistant? In the past two years, we have not had any issues with the HW tank. Thanks for any insight.
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:46 PM   #2
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I have a 2013 SS3170DS, which generally has been free of issues sans some routine PM issues.

The last time out in May, we noticed that the HW on propane, did not fire up long enough to make the entire tank hot. Flicking the HW switch would have it fire up for only a few moments, then turn itself off. Luke warm water was the result. But, after a few cycles it came back to life and worked normally the rest of the trip. Didn't think anything of it until it just acted the same on our current trip. Took a bit then everything seemingly normal. Propane tanks are full, is something going or does it take a while for the propane to be consistant? In the past two years, we have not had any issues with the HW tank. Thanks for any insight.
One issue is if you are at higher altitudes, you may have to adjust the air inlet to the gas burner. It might need adjustment anyway. Also, blow out the whole jet area (with a compressor if you have access) to get rid of cobwebs, pine needles, etc. etc.). Lastly just be sure the gas lines have been bled for air, usually best done with the burners on the stove, looking for good clean non-sputtering blue flames.
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