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I have a hot shot pool heater, when i turn it on I have to tap the front of the case for it to come on when it ignites it only stays on a few minutes, What is the problem?

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Hi,
I would start by checking out components connected directly to the front panel. Check electrical connections for signs of a poor contact, check operation of the thermostat, and that any blower fan is operational.

The fault should lie in one of those components, as any one would cause this problem.

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Hi my vulcan gas hot water service isn't getting hot enough anymore? please help me?


check first if you have good water flow to and from heater. lift pressure release valve on inlet and allow few sec to flow, same with outlet hot water safety valve.

remove front cover from the heater, you should see your gas connection and thermostat knob.

check if gas is burning evenly and on whole surface, check for leaks on the heater and on the lines to and from the heater.

if you did not find any faults, no leaks, safety valves work correctly, check thermostats settings,

wind it down to minimal, then turn it to about 1/4 value (you did not specify model but this should do, widening arrow or numerical values ar self explanatory), lift hot water safety valve for few seconds, then open any hot water tap (faucet if you are an american...) and check if gas ignites and burns.

set thermostat to about 2/3 value and again, lift hot water safety valve for few seconds, then open any hot water tap. check if gas ignites and if water is sufficiently hot, if too hot - wind it down to say 1/2 way, if too cold, wind it till resistant and then back off a bit, DO NOT EVER LEAVE VALVE OR THERMOSTAT ON MAX!.

if none of these help - you need either, change the thermostat or heater itself.

if works - you solved the problem, close the tap, close the cover and use the system as you normally do.

i am always recommending use of insulation on the hot water system, it saves heaps of money over the life of the system.

hope this will help you - do not forget to vote... :-)

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It tries to ignite for a few seconds then shuts off does that every time I try


What do you mean... It tries to ignite?

do you hear sparking, but no ignition?

... Or do you have the hot surface igniter style, and you see a bright red glow but no ignition?

do you have an Electronic heater, or a Milivolt heater?
IID or Hot Surface Ignitor?
Does it have Pilot Burner?...

If so, does the pilot burner come on and stay on, but no ignition?
Or does it go out?
It would help us, here in this forum, to assist you, if we knew the make and model of your heater?
as you can see A lot of questions, to make you be more specific. A general question, will not be able to provide you an accurate answer to help you rectify your problem.

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Jandy lite 2 heater model lj325n - code fl4 - hot surface igniter problem- I tapped the gas valve and checked the fuse , still getting the same code.


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Thank you for posting your question here on Fixya.com.

It sounds as if the air activated switch the tube you mention attaches to is not working. Pull the two wires from it and connect them to simulate the switch closing. Start up the heater to see if you get ignition. If so, replace the switch.

If this answer does not fix your problem, please comment with additional details prior to rating the answer. Positive feedback is appreciated once your problem is solved!

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