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Old 10-09-2017, 01:21 PM   #1
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Water heater problem

Good day all
Tried a search with no luck...but will admit to not being very savvy with this stuff

Had our first extended outing on our Escape. And we love it!!!
A few bugs along the way.... mostly with the fridge which has been resolved.

This time after working great for two days on propane the water heater quit.
I pulled the igniter spark and held the wire close to ground and the spark was VERY weak...could barely tell there was a spark coming off of it.
I was able to get the propane to light using a flicker but the heater would not stay lit
Would welcome your thoughts
Thank you
Roland. / Skinny P

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Old 10-09-2017, 01:46 PM   #2
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Here's a checklist from a water heater T-shooting page, I'd check for lose connections to start. Yours is new so you can discount some of it.

Problem - No sparks on electrodes

  • Secure electrodes to the main burner if it is loosely attached.
  • Re-position the electrode to get the proper gap.
  • Clean dirty electrodes.
  • Secure wire connection on the circuit board if it is loose.
  • Replace the electrode if the insulation is cracked or wire inside is loose.
  • Replace the circuit board if it is defective.

Happy Motoring
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:46 AM   #3
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A bunch of us had a bad bunch of electronic starters on the water heaters in the '17.
You just need to call ETI on how to do warranty replacement
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