Water Heater add-on igniter

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  1. EvTech

    EvTech Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)

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    I just purchased this pup and it has what appears to be an add-on igniter mounted on the face of the water heater. It is about 1" wide by 6" long and has a switch at the top. I can't find a brand/model on it and I'm looking for instructions on how to use it.

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    Can you post a pic please.

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  3. EvTech

    EvTech Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)

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    Picture of Igniter

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    Would that be an ignitor, or perhaps some sort of temperature sensor? IT wouldn't ignite in that spot, would it? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_confused.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Confused">

    I wonder how hard it is to install an ignitor on one that doesn't have one.. Course that would require something to press down on the pilot part of the knob too, may as well bring a lighter out there with me, lol.

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    It has the right components in it to be an ignitor (transformer and some high voltage capacitors are visible in the pictures), but it looks like it is missing some pieces. There should be a wire leading to a spark plug next to the main burner or pilot, and a place to hook up a battery.
     
  6. EvTech

    EvTech Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)

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    It turns out that it is indeed an ignitor. In fact, it is an after-market Pilot Re-ignitor manufactured by Suburban. It performs two functions: First, it eliminates having to have a match or butane lighter or such when the water heater is initially lit. Second, if the pilot blows out, the re-ignitor relights it. It was a $70.00 item plus installation. It has one drawback, however. You must remember to turn it off when breaking camp or it will, like the propane detector, draw down the battery. (There is a wire going over to the appropriate point to light the pilot. The picture I've linked to is not my rig but rather simply a picture I found on the web.)

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    Edited by - EvTech on May 01 2009 18:05:04
     

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