Originally Posted by mitchperry
I am borrowing a friend's Salem. Where do ignite the pilot light? Also, is there a switch inside that I need to turn on and off to get the water heated?
Cold showers in Texas!
First, welcome to the forum! Second...cold showers will make a man out of you! This may not be desireable if you happen to be female.
Assuming DSI electric ignition:
Call your friend on the phone and ask him where the inside switch is. It is likely a small white panel with a switch and a red light on it. It may or may not be labeled. Look around the kitchen and around the front door. Sometimes a number of system controls are behind a cabinet door near the entrance to the trailer. Make sure the gas is turned on and there is no air in the system by lighting a stove eye for a minute.
Then go outside, open the pressure relief valve. Water should squirt out. This means the tank is full and that's good. If no water comes out, then fill the tank. LIGHTING THE WATER HEATER EMPTY WILL DESTROY IT.
Then go back inside, turn on the WH switch. The red light should come on for a few seconds and then go out. You should hear the burner in the WH now.
More details go here: Electric to gas water heaters?