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23hotrodr

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dougrainer wrote:

23hotrodr wrote:

Timeking wrote:

"The RETURN millivolt signal for flame is NOT that strong and will be disrupted by a slight short to ground." Return signal? Are you saying that the Suburban design uses the spark apparatus as double duty for whether or not the flame lit? If true, that seems dumb.

There does not appear to be any damage to the orange wire, looks new. The connection to the lug is shiny and clean.

As suggested, I cleaned the burner tube. The air-gas mixture is fixed, not adjustable.

--- Are you positive the air mixture is not adjustable? On all RV WHs I've seen, there is a mixture adjustment where the burner tube meets the gas valve. You adjust it by loosening a small screw and twisting it on the tube to open or close the slots in it to add or block air.


Whenever I see a statement like this, I ask the question-----How long have you been working on RV Water heaters and/or RV's ? Because you are wrong. Doug

PS, I have seen a LOT more RV WH'ers than you(thousands)[emoticon]


Thank you doug for putting me in my place. I have always appreciated the time you take and the expert advice you have given to help others over the years. I was simply trying to help by offering a small suggestion that might possibly have been overlooked. I in no way was trying to compete with you and your expertise. You are even more correct when you state you have seen 1,000s more WHs than I have since I am totally blind and have really never "seen" a single one. All I have done for many years is do virtually all the maintenance and repairs on my own MH and helped a few others find and fix problems with theirs. I have also had to repair things that the professional RV techs either screwed up or outright destroyed on my MH the few times I took it to them for repairs I thought were beyond my capabilities. I am extremely sorry for having tried to help with this issue, since I am obviously ignorant. I always look forward to hearing your advice to others and have learned from it numerous times. Best regards- Mick


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Posted: 05/14/21 02:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

23hotrodr wrote:

dougrainer wrote:

23hotrodr wrote:

Timeking wrote:

"The RETURN millivolt signal for flame is NOT that strong and will be disrupted by a slight short to ground." Return signal? Are you saying that the Suburban design uses the spark apparatus as double duty for whether or not the flame lit? If true, that seems dumb.

There does not appear to be any damage to the orange wire, looks new. The connection to the lug is shiny and clean.

As suggested, I cleaned the burner tube. The air-gas mixture is fixed, not adjustable.

--- Are you positive the air mixture is not adjustable? On all RV WHs I've seen, there is a mixture adjustment where the burner tube meets the gas valve. You adjust it by loosening a small screw and twisting it on the tube to open or close the slots in it to add or block air.


Whenever I see a statement like this, I ask the question-----How long have you been working on RV Water heaters and/or RV's ? Because you are wrong. Doug

PS, I have seen a LOT more RV WH'ers than you(thousands)[emoticon]


Thank you doug for putting me in my place. I have always appreciated the time you take and the expert advice you have given to help others over the years. I was simply trying to help by offering a small suggestion that might possibly have been overlooked. I in no way was trying to compete with you and your expertise. You are even more correct when you state you have seen 1,000s more WHs than I have since I am totally blind and have really never "seen" a single one. All I have done for many years is do virtually all the maintenance and repairs on my own MH and helped a few others find and fix problems with theirs. I have also had to repair things that the professional RV techs either screwed up or outright destroyed on my MH the few times I took it to them for repairs I thought were beyond my capabilities. I am extremely sorry for having tried to help with this issue, since I am obviously ignorant. I always look forward to hearing your advice to others and have learned from it numerous times. Best regards- Mick


Don't feel too bad, I had a much older pilot light Suburban from the 1980s, I do believe it did have a adjustable shutter..

But, dig some digging and found a photo of the newer DSI Suburbans and Doug is correct.

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Found that photo HERE

So, there is no shutter to adjust, no way to compensate for altitudes other than changing the jet.

Stock is setup with a jet for 4500 ft elevation, anything higher than requires a new jet..

The OPs issue has to be boiling down to not correct fuel for the air which could be a partially blocked jet..

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Now I am in the "throw parts at it until fixed" mode. I replaced the controller with a $78 Dinosaur. Same problem. So ... I took the cover off the thermostat/ECO compartment, and the problem went away!! Theory is that the ECO has become overly sensitive (?) and I ordered a new one $17 to replace the right-hand switch which controls the propane mode. All of which sorta makes sense in a kinda nonsensical way.

here is a good resource:
https://manuals.heartlandowners.org/manuals/Troubleshooting%20Guides%20and%20Tips/Water%20Heater%20Troubleshooting%20-%20Suburban%20V1.3.pdf

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23hotrodr wrote:

dougrainer wrote:

23hotrodr wrote:

Timeking wrote:

"The RETURN millivolt signal for flame is NOT that strong and will be disrupted by a slight short to ground." Return signal? Are you saying that the Suburban design uses the spark apparatus as double duty for whether or not the flame lit? If true, that seems dumb.

There does not appear to be any damage to the orange wire, looks new. The connection to the lug is shiny and clean.

As suggested, I cleaned the burner tube. The air-gas mixture is fixed, not adjustable.

--- Are you positive the air mixture is not adjustable? On all RV WHs I've seen, there is a mixture adjustment where the burner tube meets the gas valve. You adjust it by loosening a small screw and twisting it on the tube to open or close the slots in it to add or block air.


Whenever I see a statement like this, I ask the question-----How long have you been working on RV Water heaters and/or RV's ? Because you are wrong. Doug

PS, I have seen a LOT more RV WH'ers than you(thousands)[emoticon]


Thank you doug for putting me in my place. I have always appreciated the time you take and the expert advice you have given to help others over the years. I was simply trying to help by offering a small suggestion that might possibly have been overlooked. I in no way was trying to compete with you and your expertise. You are even more correct when you state you have seen 1,000s more WHs than I have since I am totally blind and have really never "seen" a single one. All I have done for many years is do virtually all the maintenance and repairs on my own MH and helped a few others find and fix problems with theirs. I have also had to repair things that the professional RV techs either screwed up or outright destroyed on my MH the few times I took it to them for repairs I thought were beyond my capabilities. I am extremely sorry for having tried to help with this issue, since I am obviously ignorant. I always look forward to hearing your advice to others and have learned from it numerous times. Best regards- Mick


Sorry, but it REALLY irks me when I see posts such as yours. I did not mean to sound so harsh. The reason is, "some" RVer's think PROfessional RV techs are just cheap oil changers. The RV's and appliances are constantly changing and what YOU think is absolute or standard is just not so. These same type people think if they have a very unusual problem of fix it is automatic that the poster has the exact same problem and fix. Case in point is Circuit boards on Water heaters/Furnaces/Refers/AC units. In the past 15 years, these type parts RARELY fail due to the constant analyzing of failures and updating the Boards to prevent future failures and problems. Dino Boards---Great product, needed 20 to 25 years ago, when they fixed the inherent defects in OEM boards. But, not needed now as the OEM boards have the failure problems of the past fixed and updated. Doug

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Our friends have the same problem on their trailer. Even a brand new ( when they had to replace theirs) with all kinds of air mixture adjustment tries, just will not run with the door closed.

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It turned out that it was the igniter/sensor (DSI electrode). Replaced and works as it should. $11. Of course I needless replaced the controller ($90 with cover).

And I stupidly thought while I was tearing things apart, might as well replace the switch ... which wouldn't come out, and wires too short, then wouldn't go back in. Just a tremendous pain for something that should have been easy, and in hindsight shoulda been left alone.

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Good it hear that you got it working.
I think that many of us have replaced things that didn't need to be replaced while trouble shooting a problem. [emoticon]

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