Question about RTO Suburban Rv Water Heater Dsi Gas Valve Part 161109

2 Answers

Suburbun rv waterheater 10 gallon with electric ignitor makes clicking noise because it'strying to ignite but it's like no fuel is getting to it to start.

Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I had a similar problem, I could hear the valve clicking and spark working, but no flame. I checked for voltage as per the previous post, and checked continuity of both coils. Both showed voltage and continuity, but the ohm reading on one coil was less than the other.

I called a rv repair shop looking to buy a new valve ($120 - ouch). He didn't have one and when I explained what I had checked, he said could be that only one valve is opening. He suggested I remove one wire from each coil, turn the heater switch on and when I hear the spark igniter, touch a wire to one of the coils at a time. If it clicks, then it's fine, if it doesn't, then it could be the coil that needs replacing or the valve is stuck. If you see a spark as you touch the wire but no clicking, then it's a stuck valve. If there's no spark, then it's most likely a defective coil. A stuck valve can sometimes be freed by tapping with a screw driver.

In my case, one valve clicked, the other didn't and no spark was seen so I had a defective coil.

The previous poster is right, replacement coils are not offered as a replacement part - but - the repair shop I talked to saves all the coils out of old heaters and I was able to buy one from him for $10.

Problem solved, heater now works!!

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Check your valve wire connections with a test lamp or volt meter to see if you have 12 VDC going to each solenoid when the unit is trying to light. Then check your valve coils for continuity.

Assuming the electrode is sparking, you are getting voltage to both solenoids, and you cannot smell LP gas when it is trying to light, you may have a bad coil on your gas valve.

You will have to buy a new gas valve as Sububran does not sell solenoids by themselves.

Posted on Jul 05, 2009

  • John Ballou
    John Ballou Jan 31, 2011

    New valve available on Ebay for about $75, but I am going to first check the small curly gas line below the valve to the burner, as one rv owner found that pipe clogged and after rinsing it out, resumed proper gas flow. [Besides worries about liability, the entire repair industry would rather take your money than offer any of the good advice available in places such as this website!!!] God Bless You All who share this info!



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

How can I check my Suburban water heater?

check the gas pipe carefully spiders like to make home in there and clog it

Jun 05, 2014 | Suburban RV Hot Water Heater 12 Gallon Gas...

1 Answer

How do I check my hot water heater

Do you have a meter? You can use it to see if you have power and if there is a problem with the thermostat. If not then it would be best to have it looked at by someone at an RV center.

Jun 05, 2014 | Suburban RV Hot Water Heaters 10 Gallon...

1 Answer

We have changed the element and is still not working.

What water heater do you have? Question posted under BW 120V 6 gallon electric.
Element is found on electric water heater.
Igniter is found on gas water heater.
So now it get's confusing what water heater you have.... for example some 6 gallon RV water heaters have both electric and gas. And troubleshoot for that is different than electric water heater.
Copy following link for electric water heater troubleshoot resources:
Does tank have 2 elements or 1? Which element did you change... why did you change element before replacing thermostat? What symptoms were you experiencing before changing element?
Is this a new heater? Was tank full of water before power turned ON?
Add a comment and describe problem in detail.

If you need further help, I’m available over the phone at

Jul 29, 2013 | Bradford White M16u6ss 6 Gallon 120v 1500w...

1 Answer

Need to replace G6A-6E Atwood waterheater, what replacement model can I use?

Why not the same model/size? Atwood 6 gal, works on propane with electronic ignition. Or, you can get the 6 gallon with electronic ignition, and electric element as well provided you are willing to run hydro to water heater as well, if not already there. Check any RV parts site for prices and availability. Some places are out of stock currently. I assume your current tank is leaking?

Sep 29, 2012 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

1 Answer

Have an Atwood 10 gallon gas/electric water heater. When on electric, water gets only luke warm. Would like to check element, but can't find it. Do I have to remove the water heater from the RV to...

If it is electric, It has an element. I would suggest that before reinstalling the unit, you make accommodations to make the next experience a little easier. Add an access door to the rear of the unit

Aug 24, 2010 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

1 Answer

Have no hot water flowing at all from my Atwood hot water heater. cold ok tank full?

Hi and welcome to Fixya.

Here are 2 manuals that should help you in troubleshooting your RV hot water problem.

Multiple times there is a ref. to resetting the reset switch for 30 seconds on the unit (cover removal required)

For the ignition:

For the water heater:

The manuals as written are full of warnings mixed in with meaningful text. (Not user friendly)

Feb 02, 2010 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

1 Answer

Kenmore waterheater piezo innotor won't re-light

air in the line, disconnect the pilot supply and hold the button until you smell gas coming from the valve, that will remove the air, as for the igniter, test it by removing the connection and hold it about 1/8" away from the conenction and click it, should see a spark

Sep 16, 2009 | Rheem 40 Gallon FVR NATGAS Low WATER...

Not finding what you are looking for?
RTO Suburban Rv Water Heater Dsi Gas Valve Part 161109 Logo

898 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top RTO Water Heaters Experts

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

17446 Answers

Jim Goldsmith
Jim Goldsmith

Level 3 Expert

2005 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4354 Answers

Are you a RTO Water Heater Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides