Atwood Water Heater - Pilot lights up, then nothing

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by nannon94, May 11, 2009.

  1. nannon94

    nannon94 New Member

    Hi there!
    I I am brand new to this website and travel trailers all together. I am trying to self diagnose our water heater. We just bought a used 1994 24' Prowler travel trailer,l it is parked at a lake camping lot. I have an Atwood gas/electric water heater. We tried the electric, and the water heats up (which was the highlight of my day). Then we tried the gas, since we dont have a permanent electric on the lot yet, we were running off a borrowed generator.
    When we tried the gas for the water heater, the pilot lit, but the main burner would not come on. I have an Atowwd pilot light model, I was told that I have to hold the knob to "pilot" posistion, light it, and hold it on "pilot position for one minute, then turn the knob to "on" position. The pilot lit and stayed lit while holding the knob on "pilot", but as soon as we turned it to "on" the pilot went off and nothing else happened.
    I truely appreciate any advice you are willing to offer.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Atwood Water Heater - Pilot lights up, then nothing

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    You might get lucky and just the thermocouple is bad, but we have had this on a few lately and the thermostat had to be changed. That is whole gas valve where your knob is.

    Good Luck
     
  3. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Atwood Water Heater - Pilot lights up, then nothing



    computer hung up and double posted
     
  4. nannon94

    nannon94 New Member

    Re: Atwood Water Heater - Pilot lights up, then nothing

    Thank you for your reply!!
    Is there any way to test the thermocouple without taking it in for service? Or just replace it and then if it doesnt work, figure that it could be the thermostat assembly?
     
  5. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: Atwood Water Heater - Pilot lights up, then nothing

    The thermocouple is a cheap test. You can get one and put it in for maybe 15.00 - 20.00. The thermostat is over a hundred. Maybe you will get lucky.
     

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