Originally Posted by phillong
But this last trip, it just did not want to fire up, and I really do not hear the clicking sound as on my other Sunlines.
If you are outside next to the unit, you can hear the snap. And it should be snapping for 45 seconds. Plenty of time to turn it on inside and then go outside and listen
You can pull the outside recall shield off and then cover over the gas burner. As long as you are not in bright sun you can see the blue arc snap across the electrode and for sure hear it.
Also you can manually light the unit. Wait several minutes ([pick 5 to be sure) with the fridge off to let all gas purge from the burner area if there is any left from trying to start the unit.
Then with the burner cover off and using a grill lighter put the lighter flame over the burner serrations and have someone turn on the fridge on gas inside. If the gas valve is opening and gas is flowing, it will light. Now it may or may not stay lit once you remove the lighter. If it stays lite then the millvolt feed back circuit is working just the igniter is not working. And if it does not stay lit at all, then the entire igniter module may be bad or it's ground is bad.
I had one that would give intermittent spark. Would spark about 3 times, miss about 10 , then spark once or twice and then miss many more until it finally did not spark at all. I had forgot to turn the gas on, duh... and it had to go through a long spark routine. That event floated to the surface a weak igniter. So with no spare parts and boondocking I lit it manually. Well it took off and ran for 5 days then just fine. Normally when the air is purged out it fires off in 1 or 2 clicks and never stresses the igniter. Even when I start with a total dry air bound gas system, I first fire the furnace to purge the system and when it ignites I fire the stove top and then do the fridge.
The way my gas lines are run that method purges out the gas lines very close to the fridge. So then the air bound line up to the fridge is very short and takes may be 5 to 10 clicks and it is up and going. Then the next time for a relight it takes 1 or 2 clicks.
That weak igniter episode was now 3 year ago... and I'm still using the same igniter oddly enough. The spark is now consistent and the fridge fires before that long 45 second part. Why? good question I did not change anything other then manually lighting it off to kick start it.
BUT I now have a spare igniter in the camper and almost all other major electronic parts of the fridge. That event showed me when boondocking and a full fridge of food when the fridge gos out, that is a problem. The HW heater, can do without. The furnace or even the stove, can do without. But the fridge, that hurts. So now I'm prepared.
Good luck and hope this helps
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
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