Replace water heater valve? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-17-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 1977 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 267
Replace water heater valve?

Can someone give me detailed instructions to remove and replace an older unitrol gas valve on a pilot light gas water heater? I think it's an old suburban or at wood.

Thank you!!!!!
__________________

__________________
David Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mszabo's Avatar
 
Name: Mike
Trailer: 1986 Bigfoot FT20
Michigan
Posts: 649
That's an expensive part to replace. What problems are you having?
May be something else less costly.
__________________

__________________
mszabo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2012, 03:47 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 1977 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by mszabo
That's an expensive part to replace. What problems are you having?
May be something else less costly.
When it shuts off it still leaks gas out of the orifice and then there is a small unstable fire right at the jet orifice and when it re-opens I have a pretty large fire ball before the fire eventually moves back to the end of the mixing tube. Also the nobs are very stiff. It's a 1969 vintage so I was quite happy it works this good. I have no problem buying a 75$ valve and new pilot jet and thermo couple. It's worth it. I just have no idea how to pull the valve out... Does it unscrew with the thermostat connected on the back?
__________________
David Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 12:45 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Perry J's Avatar
 
Name: John
Trailer: 16' Casita
California
Posts: 975
Send a message via AIM to Perry J Send a message via Yahoo to Perry J
If you make a mistake and have a leak it could be life threatening.
Unless you're very handy or mechanically inclined it's sometimes better to pay the money and let a pro do the job.
__________________
Perry J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 1977 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perry J View Post
If you make a mistake and have a leak it could be life threatening.
Unless you're very handy or mechanically inclined it's sometimes better to pay the money and let a pro do the job.
I assume you mean a LPG leak? I am quite comfortable with fittings and gas lines, I have several leak detection systems that I am well trained in the use of.

All I am asking is how to remove the valve. I have replaced several water heaters, but I have never replaced just the valve. I believe it just unscrews but I want to make sure of this before I go wrenching on it!
__________________
David Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 1977 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 267
My local service center showed me that it simply un-screws with a little bit of muscle required. They have a used unit for $30

Moving on.
__________________

__________________
David Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing cutoff valve in toilet water supply line Fran L Modifications, Alterations and Updates 15 04-08-2015 08:50 PM
Suburban heater - Gas valve question Todd Russ Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 02-17-2010 09:10 AM
Water Tank fill valve from City water line! Michael Pupeza Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 06-20-2008 05:10 PM
Hot water tank pressure release valve Steve Nentwig Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 04-08-2007 05:38 AM
Black water valve leak Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 0 04-28-2003 07:19 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.