Water heater issue

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    lilspanisheddie New Member

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    This popup is still new to me and I can’t get the pilot light lit on the hot water heater. I know the propane is working because I can use the stove. I can hold a lighter in place for 5 mins and I’m holding down the pilot button but nothing. Any suggestions
     
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    The theromoucoupling probubly need to be replaced.
     
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    By holding down the pilot button you are bypassing the thermo coupler. I would start by cracking the line to make sure that gas is going to the valve, and if so I would start looking at the valve itself...dirt in the orifice? Which is common
     
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    What is “cracking the line”?
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Loosen the propane line connection.
     
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    What’s the safest way to make sure the gas is going through the line? Sound, smell, lighter?
     
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    The pilot is hard to see, especially during the day, also the correct place to light it is usually a problum. I read the original post as having gas , ooops, so I could be wrong........
     
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    By gas I mean propane
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Loosen the line ....spray with soapy water.
     
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    Yes propane, in its gas form......
     
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    Gotcha. Thanks
     
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    I found more posts about this and I am feeling more confident that I can get this to work without any problems. I have a question though regarding trying to light the pilot. Is it possible for me to leave the popup closed? I could hook up the hose and make sure that the water heater is filled up before trying to light it and then do as many suggested as leaving something wedged in the compartment to keep the pilot held down and to give it 5-10 mins before trying to light it. Or will this not work unless the galley is in place inside the popup? I have an exterior shower that I can use to test the hot water once things are lit.
     
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    Well I'd dosent have any ellectrical connections, so I would say you could. But if something is left on in the camper you will have water to clean up. Your pump will not run but you could hook up the hose connection. Personally, I would pop it up, and flush the system to get all the air out of it before starting up the heater. That way you can check multiple things. Also I think it's easier to bleed off the air through the stove line. That way you know you have propane.
     
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    and then do as many suggested as leaving something wedged in the compartment to keep the pilot held down and to give it 5-10 mins before trying to light it.

    Again the quickest way is to crack a line (loosen the line)
    and... By cracking the line at the stove won't get the air out of the heater line.
     
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    Is it a separate line? I figured it would relive the air and prevent a vapor lock? It will not do the part to the heater but will help with the propane getting there?
     
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    There is only one line going to the heater. You will not have any vapor locks.
    Won't take 5 minutes to check this. then you will know for sure
     
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