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Old 05-31-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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WH won't ignite after using electric (SOLVED)

I have a Surburban WH with gas and electric. I was using gas to heat water and once it warmed up, I turned the electric switch on and cut off the switch inside to cut off gas. The electric side works great. But when I cut off the electric switch and try to use gas by cutting on the switch inside, I get no action from the ignition or no gas going in. No small indicator light on the inside comes on either which usually happens when first starting with gas. I hit the reset buttons but that didn't work. I have gas in the tank. Checked the fuse. Not sure what is next or what to do. Any help for the frustrated?
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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If still hot from electric, than wait a bit and retry the gas again. The gas will only light when the temps are low enough.

Also, check to make sure the lines are purged of all air. Not sure why they wouldn't be if you had already done this, but easy to check by lighting your stove top.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:46 AM   #3
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What if its simply to hot to start on gas?

Thanks triguy
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys. I thought I had waited long enough for the water to cool down but maybe not. Stove works fine as does the furnace. I will wait a while longer and try again. I'll let you know>
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:03 AM   #5
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You can leave the electric on to the W/H and also run with gas. We leave the electric on and when using the shower will turn on the gas for quicker recovery.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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As rebel stated both can be used at same time for quick heat up and or quick recovery.

We leave electric on all the time and turn gas on with electric when taking showers.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:16 AM   #7
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Why wait? Just run some hot water into the sink and the propane should kick in pretty quick.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice on this. The problem is resolved. Seems like I was worried over nothing much. Glad to know I can run both gas and electric at the same time. Really appreciate all of your help!!
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Thanks for the advice on this. The problem is resolved. Seems like I was worried over nothing much. Glad to know I can run both gas and electric at the same time. Really appreciate all of your help!!
how was the problem resolved?
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Once the water in the water heater cooled to a low enough temperature, the gas side of the water heater automatically kicked on and starting heating the water.
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