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I replace my thermal coupling. burner doesn't ignite

I replace my thermal coupling on my atwood hot water tank. My pilot light stays lit and turns red but the burner will not ignite. Does anyone have any ideas. Help please.

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Is the burner assembly sitting pronperly on it;s cradle,, this will put it at just the right distance for it to ignite,,

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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    gary miller Jun 21, 2009

    is the burner assembly sitting pronperly on it;s cradle,, this will put it at just the right distance for it to ignite,,

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    gary miller Jun 30, 2009

    there is always the situation the gas valve is not working properly,,, and could be the reason for it not igniting, if you take the cap screw off on the front it will have a screen in it make sure it is clean, if not clean it and try again,, any farther in to the gas vale you will need to have knowlege of gas before being instructed farther

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Make sure thermocouple is not overtightened. Finger-tight + 1/4 turn.
If the pilot lights, then ECO energy cut off is not tripped, but gas control valve might be bad.
Check color of pilot flame: it should be strong and clear blue.
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Increase air supply to water heater. Open a window and see what happens.
Check for adequate draft going up chimney using match under vent hood to see if smoke drafts immediately upwards.
Bleed air out of gas line.
Check gas pressure.

Open following links for troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Pilot-light-will-not-stay-lit.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Pilot-outage-troubleshooting.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Vent-spillage-test-atmospheric-gas-water-heater.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

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I have a Jayco pop up with an Atwood water heater, serial # 37C14U-5. My problem is two-fold. The water heater pilot doesn't stay lit after initial run, and propane is leaking out of the vent on the...


Leaking propane is red flag #1 and fire hazard.
Immediately update your insurance and then turn off gas.
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More resources:
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