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Old 05-04-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Any suggestions on how to light gas hot water heater for first time after winter?
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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Makes sure its full of water and the bypass valves are switched then turn the switch on
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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Is this heater a DSI and its trying to light but not lighting?

If so, try bleeding the gas lines by lighting the stove top first. Also, check for spider webs or anything else blocking the gas.

What make and model water heater do you have?
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #4
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Suburban. It's just hard to get lighted first time out. Hoping for a new trick. I light stove to get gas flowing just hoping for something else. Thanks
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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I had a similar issue with my previous travel trailer. I blew out the gas orifice with compressed air and it solved the problem. It dosen't take much of a restriction of the gas orifice to cause issues. I have had the same problem with the gas orifice on the fridge. Compressed air has worked every time for me.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:20 PM   #6
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Our new 5ver w/ DSI would take 5 or 6 times to light. I finally removed the burner and electrode and re-aligned the electrode to the dimensions in the manual. It now lights the first time it tries. Page 12 shows how it should be positioned. I had to tweek mine in both directions.
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