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Seminoe Joe

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Posted: 04/06/22 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here’s the deal: I replaced my old, burned out water heater with a new Dometic. It fires up, stays lit, and works great as long as the outside hatch is ajar or fully open. As soon as I shut it and latch it, the heater is starved of O2 and sputters out. Anyone else have this problem? I use a small metal pin to keep it ajar when it’s running now, but wonder if there’s another solution I’m just not seeing?
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Posted: 04/06/22 07:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Older furnace, only thing I can think of is adjusting the air gap sleeve.
Unless exhaust port being blocked misaligned?


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I’ll give that a shot tomorrow. It’s a brand new unit that I just fired up this week for the first time after installing a couple of months ago.
The exhaust port is aligned fine so I don’t think it’s that.
Edited to add:
I got curious and just ran out to test again. I had installed a piece of window screen in front of the exhaust prevent mud dauber wasps from coming in and building nests. After removing it and trying to water heater again, it fired right up and stay lit. Turns out the window screen was enough deflection/baffle to choke off the oxygen and lead to a build up of exhaust.
Thanks for the suggestion to check!

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Posted: 04/07/22 05:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never mind


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Seminoe Joe wrote:

I had installed a piece of window screen in front of the exhaust prevent mud dauber wasps from coming in and building nests. After removing it and trying to water heater again, it fired right up and stay lit. Turns out the window screen was enough deflection/baffle to choke off the oxygen and lead to a build up of exhaust.


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Looks interesting. I’ll just stick with my window screen patch and remove it when I need to fire up the heater though.

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