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Old 08-08-2017, 01:14 AM   #1
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Water heater question...

We have a Sport 220... 2014...with a 6 gal. Water heater that just quit making hot water... It's warm at best... Is there a adjustment or just replace the element... Or can you replace it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...

PS I've tried it with gas and elec... Same resultes....

It's like it won't stay on long enough...
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:53 AM   #2
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Lets start with the basics.

How have you been operating it before, Electric or Propane. It WILL operate on both at once.

Is the switch inside the camper on? (propane)
Are the propane bottles on?
Is the switch behind the outer WH door on? (Electric)
Is the circuit breaker on?(Electric)
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Did someone fiddle with the bypass? Also, leaving the outside shower on at the valve and off at the head can cause a loop that causes warm water (from what I have read on here that is).

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Thanks for the input... Yes all switches and valves are on... I run it with gas and elec turned on...
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How did it happen that you found it only giving warm not hot water
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It worked great last month, but this trip it was only luke warm...
The cold water is very cold compared to the hot side... So it's working a little bit...
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:49 AM   #7
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OK,
Turn off the electric switch inside the water heater door outside. This will kill the electric heating element.

Thrn off the switch inside, this will turn off the gas heating. I assume it is a DSI (lights itself without a pilot)

Turn on the burners of your stove til they light, then turn them off. (this will purge any air in your gas lines and insure gas is reaching your WH)

Then have your wife turn on the switch inside as you stand outside at the WH. See if you hear a clicking sound as the gas burner tries to light itself.

Tell us what you see and hear with the door removed. It should try three times or so if it is unsuccessful. Does it light and go out, does it not light at all, does the gas flow, etc.
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Thanks much... I'll go after it tonight after work... I'll let you know...
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PS... this is a DSI unit...
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If your cooktop will not light, close the gas valves, open the stove burner to let out the pressure an close the stove valve back off. Then very slowly open the gas bottle back on, just a small bit at a time. That Acme connector is designed to shut itself off if it detects a large change in flow (as if a leak had developed). Closing, and resetting it should solve the problem if that is the case. Then go back to lighting the stove and the procedure I outlined earlier.

What we aer doing is taking one thing at a time, your gas and electric WH systems are separate and no single item is common, except the bypass valves which someone mentioned earlier. Im assuming you did not move them since last month when the WH was working?
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Back to the basics... have you verified electric getting to the water heater with a multi-meter? You need to check where the water heater plugs in and at the element.

Have you verified you have propane?
Have you heard the water heater try to light on propane?
Is the DSI fault indicator lit? (next to the propane on/off switch)

Finally... how long had the water heater been on when you tried to get hot water?
Mine takes a good 20 minutes to a half hour to fully heat up, especially if the incoming water was very cold.
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Ok... I purged the gas lines and it works
great... I'll keep you posted when i check the elec. Side of it... Thanks for the tips...
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Check your bypass valves by the hot water heater. I left one open once by accident and cold water was mixing with the hot water...took me a while to figure out why my new Surveyor water was warm.
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Well be taking her out this next weekend and I'll give a repot after we return... Thank everyone for your help...
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Make sure your shower water valves are off and not just turned off at the shower head. Leaving the faucets in the on position will allow cold and hot water to mix.
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