Question about RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

1 Answer

I have an Atwood 6 Gallon (model-G6A-7) water heater in my travel trailer. My pilot wont stay lit, but looks strong, I've changed the thermocouple but still have the same problem. It goes out once the button is released. Its a new thermocouple, it gets glowing red hot and the flame looks good. thanks

Posted by Ben Southgate on

Ad

1 Answer

Mike Butler

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • RTO Master
  • 6,674 Answers

Make sure flame is good under thermocouple probe so that it gets proper sensing of flame, and if that's o.k., before you change gas control, remove thermocouple fitting where it attaches to gas control and spray wd-40 in the hole and twirl up some steel wool and push it in the hole and twirl it to try and clean the surface inside there as well. Then spray it out with WD-40 once more to flush out shavings etc, and if you have compressed air, blow it out as well. Now re-attach fitting and snug it, then re-try pilot again. If it works, great if not replace gas control. Let me know the results. You do realize that it should be a certified technician who changes that gas control if necessary, correct?

Posted on Jan 07, 2011

  • 1 more comment 
  • Ben Southgate Jan 07, 2011

    Thanks for the advice. I did some extra research by the model number on the control valve. Seems it was the original one and the trailer is an 86 so I dare say it was shot, It did some weird stuff when I first fired it up! I managed to find a new 'updated' control valve and pilot assembly for $100 ( taxes), got it together today so much quicker and less painful than fault finding! Took a little to get it lit due to air in the line but now its running like a charm! I dare say it was the valve. thanks again,
    Ben

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 09, 2011

    Glad to hear your up and running, and i hope you didn't take my comment about certified technician as a negative comment regarding your ability to perform the task, as that was not my intent. I'm sure you realize it was something we have to do in order to insure the safety of all those who ask questions, as well as liability reasons. We never really know the amount of experience the person asking the question has,so we have to err on the side of safety especially.
    Here's a link to a PDF files you can download that is a service manual for those, and other appliances you may have in your trailer which may come in handy in the future. just scroll down the page and find yours. Happy Camping! http://bryantrv.com/docs.html

  • Ben Southgate Jan 09, 2011

    No I totally understand! and knew where you were coming from about the comment! thank you for your advice and I'll certainly check out the link you gave. The Trailer itself for an 86 and 2 previous owners, I got lucky with manuals, they seem to have kept everything! Such a bonus. Upon looking at the old valve it was certainly time to replace, so glad I did. Now onto the rest of the rehab!

×

Ad

Add Your Answer

×

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

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

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a new Atwood G6A-7 water heater. The pilot lights fine but gas flow, when it turns on, is so strong it will blow the pilot out. Certain times, it sounds and looks like a mini fire ball going


Clean burner tube with proper brush, such as long spring type for bar-b-Q burner tube that are available at most hardware stores, and make sure you have new burner tube aligned properly (straight on) with brass orifice on gas control. Then be sure to adjust air shutter for nice blue flame, with little orange at tip. Do not give so much air that flame roars or jumps off the end of the burner tube. Too many people think more air, less fuel, but actually, when flame roaring and jumping off end of tube, the heat passes through faster and it takes longer to heat the water inside the tank. Like I said, only enough air to have quiet, steady blue flame. If your not giving it enough air, you'll see dark soot on trailer above water heater, which indicates burning too rich, need more air, or perhaps pilot is partially plugged. Pilot flame should also be blue, not yellow/orange. Small air intake hole on side of fitting just before pilot tube can get spider web, or debris in it as well. Use air to blow that out or a piece of wire like a paper-clip to clean inside that hole.

Dec 12, 2012 | Atwood G6A-7 G6A7 Manual Pilot 6 Gallon RV...

1 Answer

Pilot wont stay lit


change the thermocouple , its the little copper tube that runs from the gas switch to the burner itself

Jun 10, 2011 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

2 Answers

The pilot on My atwood water heater will not stay lit after I release the knob. I have replaced the thermocouple and have a nice blue flame.


Did you make sure the connection between the thermocouple and the control is tight and that the tip of the thermocouple is in the flame?

Jun 28, 2010 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

1 Answer

I have an Atwood Direct Ignition Model G6A-4E 6 Water Heater


I am a RV service tech and that is an old unit. Your control board is bad but with the age of that unit I would strongly suggest replacing the whole water heater, you can shove a pile of money at it and still have an old water heater when for 3 to 500 bucks you can have a new one with a 2 year warranty

Mar 03, 2010 | Water Heaters

1 Answer

The pilot light & will stay lit. untill the burner cycles on/off


MAKE SURE THE BURNER TUBE AND ORIFICES ARE CLEAN. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER LP PRESSURE.

Oct 05, 2009 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

Not finding what you are looking for?
RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon Logo

499 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top RTO Water Heaters Experts

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

18438 Answers

Mike

Level 3 Expert

4369 Answers

Bill Johnson

Level 2 Expert

306 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...