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Old 07-06-2014, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hot water tank

have a04 mini winni,31ft
the hot water tank will ignite,but not stay lit,the igniter is constantly liting it,the gas at most times sounds like fluttering,not a constant flow,cleaned the connections,seems ok
could the gas valve be the cause,any help appreciated.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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This type of problem is best handled by a technician for the water heaters. That said, on some water heaters the red wire that goes to the igniter also sends a signal back to the gas solenoid valve to tell the gas valve that the flame is on and leave the gas on , or there is no flame sensed so shut the gas off. it usually takes about 20 seconds and the flame goes off. I still recommend a repairman.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:05 PM   #3
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trailrunner, clean the gas orifice, it does not take much to mess it up.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:15 PM   #4
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trailrunner, clean the gas orifice, it does not take much to mess it up.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:26 PM   #5
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Air mixture

You may need to adjust the air fuel mixture. The fluttering you hear sounds like a too lean (too much air) condition.

Clean the gas jet and burner first though. It's not difficult.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:46 AM   #6
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There is also the possibility of a spider web in the air tube. You must use some kind of wire or brush to remove it; a blast of air will not remove it. If no web, your air mixture tube could have slid one way or the other. Check the screw at the air holes to make sure its tight. If loose, slide the tube slowly until you get the jet blast and blue flame when lit. If this works, tighten the screw and mark the tube in relation to the vents, so you can tell at a glance if the tube moved again if you have problems. The sliding air tube is also what causes the black soot above the hot water heater vents.

If these simple checks don't work, as suggested above, have a tech check it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:33 AM   #7
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may have it fixed
pulled the valve assembly out cleand where the solonoids set
put it back together seems to work ok for now
thanks for all the info.
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