RV DSI Fault on Water Heater: What Is a DSI Fault? (Fixed)
The use of hot water is vital. However, there are situations when the hot water heater does not agree with this statement. There are instances when it becomes overly ornery and decides to act out against you. Whenever this occurs, you will be given a code indicating that it is not accessible to work on that particular day. The most enjoyable part is figuring out why something isn’t working. What exactly is a DSI failure? Direct spark ignition (DSI) is denoted by the letters DSI. In order to heat your water, you will need to use this equipment to assist in adding flame to the gas burner.
For further information on the DSI error code, please continue reading our article.
Unfortunately, there are a variety of reasons why this code will display on your screen.
What Does DSI Mean On a Water Heater?
Direct spark ignition (DSI) is the combination of three words that correspond to the three letters DSI. When the power switch is switched on, this gadget will automatically turn on the gas and light the flame. This system, which is manufactured by both Atwood and Suburban, is touted as one of the safest systems available for use in recreational vehicles. It used to be that in order to have hot water, you had to get out of your RV and walk around to where the ignition was located, where you had to manually turn on the pilot light.
That hazard is eliminated by the DSI system, which shuts down the gas flow when specific difficulties are identified, such as when the gas fails to light up.
Additionally, once the predetermined temperature has been attained, the DSI control board will cut off the ignition.
How do I Reset My RV Water Heater?
This is not a particularly difficult assignment to do. The majority of water heater systems are equipped with a reset button, which you can simply press to bring the water heater back online and operational again. The challenge, on the other hand, is in locating the reset button. If you have a combined gas and electric water heater, the reset button may be positioned outside your RV in the water heater control panel. When you first access the panel, that button may be to the left, but it may also be in a different location depending on the type of the RV you are using.
It is possible that you have a combination water heater, in which case there will be a reset button on the right side of the water heater panel.
Your owner’s handbook should tell you where these buttons are located and provide you with a diagram to assist you in locating them.
Each time the DSI makes one of these tries, you should hear a clicking noise in the background. If the remainder of the system only functions momentarily, it’s possible that you have other problematic components that need to be repaired or replaced.
DSI Dault Reset
There are several distinct varieties of DSI water heaters, one of which is the on-demand unit, which has grown increasingly popular in recent years due to its efficiency and ability to save money. Some RVs do have the on-demand system installed, and the DSI code will occasionally display on the screen. When this occurs, you will need to reset it. According to one vendor, there are a variety of options for resetting this sort of water heating system. In order to do this, first switch off all of the electricity that is connected to the trailer for 15 minutes before re-establishing the connection.
- Then reconnect it and slowly turn the opening valve to the desired position.
- The final dealer recommendation for resetting the water heater was to ensure that it was connected to 120 volt electricity.
- When attempting to reset the propane and DSI, make sure to switch on each stove burner one at a time until the process is complete.
- It’s possible that the problem is with the DSI control board.
Possible DSI Fault Sources
It is possible that a variety of factors contribute to the illumination of your DSI fault light. Here are just a few examples of sources that might be the source of the problem:
- There is no water in the tank of the hot water heater. There were three unsuccessful attempts to fire the propane
- The ECO circuit is still open and needs to be closed, as follows: The control board has had a malfunction. The check valve was activated. In this case, there is no airflow, or there is a probable leak someplace
Some Final Words
It is not a big issue to reset a water heater as long as there is no key component that is not working properly. All that is required is that you locate the rest button and press the pres sit button. Providing that the system comes back on, you are in good shape. Otherwise, or if it just stays on for a short period of time, you have a malfunctioning component that is not performing as it should. If you are unable to locate the problem or do the repair yourself, call a repairman.
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||water heater DSI FLT?
what does this light next to water heater switch mean?thanks!_
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||apparently, the gas mode of water feature will not light up. this is just my 2nd time using gas mode._|
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|Site TeamJoin Date: Jun 2014Location: Canyon Lake, TexasTrailer: 2015 19 “Past Tents”, 2021 F150 Lariat 2.7L EBPosts: 10,050||DSI means direct spark ignition. FLT means fault.That means it tried to ignite the burner on the water heater but failed. First thing is to check your propane supply. 2nd (for me) would be to check the burn chamber to see if it is clogged with carbon flakes. Ours was after only a few days of camping. Once I cleaned it out, the water heater has worked perfect ever since.Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk_”You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close.”|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||Thanks for the quick reply rbryan. Is there instructions somewhere on how to locate and clean the burn chamber?|
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|Site TeamJoin Date: Jun 2014Location: Canyon Lake, TexasTrailer: 2015 19 “Past Tents”, 2021 F150 Lariat 2.7L EBPosts: 10,050||Its behind a cover. There are a couple screws that hold it in place. The cover is rather largish and square metal. Can’t miss it. Once the cover is off, take a long skinny brush or even an elongated and rolled up paper towel and just run it through the opening to clean it.Edit: this thing.Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk_”You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close.”|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||okay, thanks! i will try it tomorrow when cooled. as we are busy using the electric mode for now to take our showers.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||I tried and cleaned the burn chamber to no avail. it looks pretty clean to me. Any other suggestions?|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Jul 2015Location: Fremont, CaliforniaTrailer: 201621.’15 Ford Explorer V-6Posts: 1,497||Quote:Originally Posted byLJYokay, thanks! i will try it tomorrow when cooled. as we are busy using the electric mode for now to take our showers.LJY, If your electric switch is turned on at the water heater and you are hooked up to shore power, the water heater will default to electric.I do not believe you can use propane as your source without turning off the outside switch.Don’t know if you originally had the outside switch on or off when trying to use propane._Steve and Debbie2016 – 21’�Get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down� -Indigo Girls|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Feb 2010Location: Oswego, New YorkTrailer: 2017 Escape 21C, 2018 Ford F150Posts: 4,826||Quote:Originally Posted bySteve ClarkLJY, If your electric switch is turned on at the water heater and you are hooked up to shore power, the water heater will default to electric.I do not believe you can use propane as your source without turning off the outside switch.Don’t know if you originally had the outside switch on or off when trying to use propane.You can use both heat sources with your water heater.While there is not really a need to, using both lets you heat up the water faster.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||thanks all for the help. I saw on the inside panel some instructions for lighting up the water heater for PR models and another set for D models. I followed the D model instructions that is basically 1. turn off all electricity and gas supply. wait 5 minutes 2. turn on gas supply 3. turn on electric switch (I didn’t know which switch it meant so I did both the electric mode and gas mode switch)and the DSI FLT light is not coming on any more. but I don’t know if the flame actually lit.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Jul 2015Location: Fremont, CaliforniaTrailer: 201621.’15 Ford Explorer V-6Posts: 1,497||Quote:Originally Posted byVermilyeYou can use both heat sources with your water heater.While there is not really a need to, using both lets you heat up the water faster.Ah!Thanks, Jon.We’ve never tried that, and didn’t know it was possible?_Steve and Debbie2016 – 21’�Get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down� -Indigo Girls|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Dec 2012Location: Edmonton, AlbertaTrailer: 1979 Boler B1700Posts: 14,578||Quote:Originally Posted byLJY.and the DSI FLT light is not coming on any more. but I don’t know if the flame actually lit.If the inside switch controlling propane operation is on, and the fault light is off, it seems to be working. In this case, “no news is good news”.The burner only comes on when heat is needed (there’s no pilot light), so if you open the outside cover and look the burner may not be running at the time you look – that’s okay.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Burlington Twp., New JerseyTrailer: 2010 Escape 19Posts: 5,972||Quote:Originally Posted byVermilyeYou can use both heat sources with your water heater.While there is not really a need to, using both lets you heat up the water faster.Quote:Originally Posted bySteve ClarkAh!Thanks, Jon.We’ve never tried that, and didn’t know it was possible?No “default” to electric when plugged in, but obviously the element turns on if already switched on. It does not preclude (lock out) the use of propane. It was either explained wrong by ETI or interpreted wrong by someone at their factory walk through. Combo operation has been mentioned in other threads and may be useful if you have electric available and predict a larger demand than usual on your hot water:For the Suburban SW6DE:Gas (12,000 BTU/H burner): 10.2 GPH recoveryElectric (1440 W element): 6.0 GPH recoveryCombined: 16.2 GPH recoveryCombinations GasElectric Water HeaterThese numbers obviously highlight the fact that gas operation has a greater ability to heat the water faster than electric in case someone thinks they will run electric to save propane and then is curious why their hot water capacity is lower than when they may have used it on propane.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||so, upon first usage tonight, the dsi fault light came on again. arghh.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Nov 2010Location: Denison, TexasTrailer: 2015 21′;2011 19′ sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefourPosts: 5,136||We were also told that it defaults to electric.We primarily use electric but mostly only turn it on for an hour in the morning and an hour at night. So usually off.Unless it is really cold weather, that is all we need to have hot water._Cathy.Floating Cloud”Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. “Emerson|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Burlington Twp., New JerseyTrailer: 2010 Escape 19Posts: 5,972||Quote:Originally Posted byLJYso, upon first usage tonight, the dsi fault light came on again. arghh.Does it light up and then go out or stay on indefinitely? I’m not sure how the wiring is on the newer trailers, but on the older trailers the fault or “reset” light is lit while the unit is firing and then goes out once lit. The water heater will attempt 3 tries before locking out which is indicated by the fault light staying on continuously. If there is air in the line it may take several full cycles to get it lit. Once locked out flip the toggle switch to off for 5 seconds and then toggle back on which will restart a new ignition cycle. Each full ignition cycle will take a little bit of time because there is a 15 second purge prior to spark cycle. Try running the stove first for a bit to reduce air in lines. Also check you have good propane pressure and that the high temperature limit safety didn’t trip. This is rare to trip unless there is a problem with the thermostat and requires a manual reset outside on the black module in the upper left. Just push both resets (there is a second one for electric operation) and you should feel if one resets. If it happens to be the high limit and it trips again obviously something is wrong and needs to be fixed.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||Thanks, rubicon. I’ve tried running stove top, furnace, and fridge without issues. tried that switch so many times since yesterday. and yes, our 2017 model will try to light 3 times and stay lit if it doesn’t light up.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Burlington Twp., New JerseyTrailer: 2010 Escape 19Posts: 5,972||Quote:Originally Posted byLJYThanks, rubicon. I’ve tried running stove top, furnace, and fridge without issues. tried that switch so many times since yesterday. and yes, our 2017 model will try to light 3 times and stay lit if it doesn’t light up.Upon further review of the water heater wiring diagram the high limit safety needing a reset cannot be a potential cause of your issue. The high limit is inline with the internal on/off switch so if it was tripped the water heater would not even attempt to light. It is just like the internal switch being off and not allowing the 12V D.C. to the module board to initiate lighting.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Mar 2016Location: Nor, CaliforniaTrailer: 2017 EscapePosts: 234||Update: ETI sent a new circuit board for me to replace next to the water heater. It worked after that. Apparently, mine wasn’t the only one bad board. Reace had tried to bring a replacement to me but that one didn’t work either.|
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|Senior MemberJoin Date: Oct 2015Location: Retired from DallasFull-Timing, TexasTrailer: 2017 21′ Escape as of 01/16/17Posts: 1,312||Hi Teddy. I just replaced my circuit board a few days ago too.Fred M._Fred M.”Whoever said retirement was overrated.never had an Escape”|
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What is a DSI fault on water heater?
Direct spark ignition (DSI) is the abbreviation for this. It is regulated by a control board, and it should turn on when the unit’s thermostat indicates that it is time to turn on the heating system. That heat is generated by the combustion of propane, which warms the water contained inside the internal piping system (a tank in one that has a reservoir). DSI is an abbreviation for “Direct Spark Ignitor.” Another forum has a description of the DSI Fault, which I found helpful. “Okay, that indicates your hot water heater has failed to turn on,” said one of the participants.
Also, should I leave my RV’s water heater turned on all of the time if possible?
If you leave it on all the time, there is no danger in doing so, however depending on your consumption, turning it off between uses may result in a minor energy savings.
DSI is an abbreviation for direct spark ignition.
What does the abbreviation DSI FLT mean? Posts: 9,507 total. DSI is an abbreviation for direct spark ignition. FLT is an abbreviation for fault. That indicates that it attempted to light the burner on the water heater but was unsuccessful.
How to Choose a Water Heater for Your RV
We are all accustomed to having hot water in our daily lives, and this should not be any different while we are camping. Water heaters are therefore included as standard equipment in recreational vehicles (RVs). Each of the six recreational vehicles I’ve owned has had a different type of water heater. As a result, I believe it is reasonable to conclude that each type of RV water heater has its unique set of characteristics and advantages. If you retain your RV for an extended period of time, the day will almost certainly come when you will need to repair or improve your water heater.
Whatever the cause, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the many types of water heaters available on the market in case you need to replace your current one.
A Primer on the Types of RV Water Heaters
The first thing I tell people who have never used an RV water heater before is that they should not attempt to take those long, hot showers that they are accustomed to taking at home. RV water heaters often use 6-gallon or 10-gallon water tanks, which means that the water might go cold before you finish that lengthy hot shower. The good news is that modern technology for RV water heaters has improved designs that can allow us to take longer hot showers, which is something we can all appreciate more.
Atwood and Suburban are two of the most well-known makers of recreational vehicle water heaters.
The most significant distinction is the water heater tank itself.
Let’s Take a Look at the Different Types of RV Water Heaters
Manual LP Gas Water Heater, 6-Gallon Capacity The first travel trailer I ever bought, many years ago, had a very basic water heater that I couldn’t stand. When you arrive at your camping spot, you manually ignite the water heater with a long match or striker, which operates on LP gas. It includes a six-gallon water tank and can heat water in less than 30 minutes, according to the manufacturer. With its quick recovery water heater, it is capable of producing around 7 gallons of hot water every hour.
- (more information) Direct Spark Ignition on a 6-Gallon Tank of LP Gas The LP gas water heater with Direct Spark Ignition, often known as DSI, is a step up from the manual LP gas water heater.
- It is essentially the same water heater as before, except it has an automated ignition system.
- (more information) Water heater with LP gas, DSI, and electricity capacity of 6 gallons.
- The water heater still featured a 6-gallon water tank, but it could be powered by both LP gas and 120-volt electricity at the same time.
- When we were hooked into the power grid and wanted to save our LP gas supply, we used the water heater in the electric-only configuration.
- These combination water heaters are available in both manual and DSI types, with the manual models requiring manual lighting and the DSI models requiring automated lighting.
- These water heaters contain higher BTUs, which allows them to heat water faster, recover more quickly, and generate more hot water per hour than previous models.
Our second RV was outfitted with a water heater that was identical to the first, but with a 10-gallon water tank instead of the first’s.
These water heaters have a fast recovery time and a high BTU/hour output.
(more information) RV Water Heaters Available Upon Request My goal while I was restoring a historic travel trailer was to outfit it with all of the current day equipment and comforts available in contemporary recreational vehicles.
Instead of 8,000 or 12,000 BTUs being used to heat the water, 50,000 BTUs are being used.
In addition, the hot water is available at all times.
You just turn on the hot water faucet and slowly add cold water until you reach the desired temperature.
Almost any brand of 6- or 10-gallon water heater may be replaced with a small number of minor adjustments using an on-demand water heater. (more information)
Other Options, Closing Thoughts
It is possible to heat the water in your RV in other ways, such as with high-end hydronic heating systems that provide unlimited quantities of hot water throughout the RV, but that is the subject of an other article entirely. This was just a brief primer on RV water heaters to make sure you’re aware of the options accessible to you when it comes time to replace or improve your existing RV water heater in the future. The vast majority of the water heaters we reviewed today may be put in existing water heater apertures with just little modifications to the structure.
Do you have any problems or questions?
DSI Fault – Grand Design Owners Forums
We’ve experienced a situation that’s comparable to yours, but it’s a little different. When it comes to water heating, we never use propane; instead, we always use electricity. This is because the DW does not like to “camp” without connections. A total of three times, in the last year and three months, I have received the DSI Fault light. It has always come up when I’m in electric mode, which makes no sense to me because I know that it is suggesting an issue with the gas side of the system, which I understand.
- I was camping this past weekend, and as I set up the trailer, I turned on the water heater to save energy.
- When I woke up on Saturday morning and went to shower, the water was just lukewarm.
- Unfortunately, this was not the case.
- I switched the switch off and then back on, and the light went out, and the water heated perfectly fine on the electric heat, exactly like it had the previous two times.
- It appears to be strange because it only occurs on rare occasions.
- Do you have any recommendations?
- The 18′ Comfort bumper-pull was the first, and it served us well for 20 years.
- With the puck system holding it all together, Andersen aluminum is a great choice.
Suburban RV Water Heater – DSI, Gas/Electric, 10 Gallon
Suburban RV Water Heater – DSI, Gas/Electric, 10 Gallon, Suburban RV Water Heater – DSI, Gas/Electric, 10 Gallon 5243A SW10DE 5243A SW10DE 5243A SW10DE Ten-gallon gas and electric storage tanks with direct spark ignition. The 10 gallon and 12 gallon “SW” variants include controls that are situated on the front of the tank and a gas connection that is placed on the side. They also have expandable copolymer insulation. A qualified RV service professional must undertake the installation and maintenance of gas appliances.
Quick heating of the water is ensured by the high performance 12,000 BTU burner.
It is possible to access the limit switch reset button and on/off switch for the heat element through the exterior door.
The old “V” design water heater will not be compatible with these doors.
Door with a bottom hinge. Adjustable Gas Control Valve with a manual override. Surface-mounted or flush-mounted doors are available. Tank made of heavy gauge steel. Tank Lining made of “Ameri-Glass” porcelain. Thermostat that is 100 percent safe and regulated.
Suburban 5063A SW10DE 10 Gallon Water Heater LP Gas Spark DSI & 110v Electric
Water heater for 10 gallons with direct spark and electric power from Suburban Direct Description Even in the summer, who wants to take a shower that is bone-chillingly cold? No one, not a single one! For RVers, hot water heaters are a must-have. A good hot water heater means warm showers and warm water for washing dishes, among other things. Whenever you need everything that a water warmer has to offer at a reasonable price, this Suburban Direct Spark Electric and Gas 10 Gallon Water Heater is the one for you!
- With the convenience of turning on the water heater without having to venture outdoors in the wind, rain, or snow, your RV will become your new favorite place to hang out.
- The cost of propane might be prohibitive, but in a park, you can plug in all of your electric goods without having to worry about your LP gas running out of fuel.
- You need hot water as soon as possible.
- This heater employs a 1,440 watt element to recover an additional 6 gallons per hour, making it the best choice for better recovery.
- Every Suburban tank is pressure tested twice throughout the production process to verify that it is structurally sound.
- By performing regular maintenance on your Suburban water heater and replacing a worn-out anode rod, you may be able to double or even treble the life of your water heater’s tank.
- The limit switch, reset button, and on/off electric element rocker switch are all conveniently positioned directly behind the exterior access door that houses the Suburban water heater, so take advantage of its accessible location.
- Instead of using metal, Suburban uses porcelain hot water tanks with a metal anode rod to provide hard water with something else to nibble on besides your hot water heater parts.
- The inside of RVs must accommodate a variety of components, including water heaters, water tanks, LP gas, and a variety of other items.
- You’ve come to the correct spot if you’re looking for the best water heater for you and your family.
Installation instructions may be found under the “useful downloads” section of the website for your convenience. Get a Suburban water heater today and save yourself both time and money in the future!
Suburban Direct Spark/Electric 10 Gallon Water Heater Additional Information
|Heat Source||Electric, Gas|
|Cut-Out||16-3/8″ H x 16-3/8″ W|
|Features||Copolymer insulation jackets specially fit the tank to retain heat.|
|Included||Switch and access door sold separately.|
|Dimensions||16-7/32″ H x 16-7/32″ W x 20-1/2″ D|
Suburban water heaters are among the most reliable models available today. Besides the 5063A you are currently seeing, we sell the whole Suburban water heater line, which includes high recovery gas water heaters as well as gas-electric and motor-assisted versions. There are four different sizes available: 4, 6, 10, 12, and 16 gallon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and speak with a product specialist right away.
Suburban 6 Gallon RV DSI & 110V Water Heater SW6DE 5239A 5139E
Suburban Direct Spark110 Volt Water Heater SW6DE-6 Gallon Tank 5239A, OEM5139E, or 5139A Suburban Direct Spark110 Volt Water Heater SW6DE-6 Gallon Tank 5239A, OEM5139E, or 5139A Suburban’s collection of sturdy, porcelain-lined steel tank water heaters has the characteristics to match the top water heaters available on the market today. Type:Gas-Electric Models: SW6DE, 5139E, 5239A, 5139A, SW6DE, 5139A Portable:No 6 Gallon Holding Capacity Direct Spark Ignition is the type of ignition used. Wattage: 1400 watts BTU: 1400 watts 12000 BTU on a scale of 1 to 10.
There is no indicator light, and there is no mounting hardware.
- A porcelain-lined steel water heater tank with an anode rod is used to “absorb” the electrolytical action, just like your home’s water heater does. During the manufacturing process, it is subjected to two pressure tests to ensure its integrity. a 1440 watt Incoloy electric element with a recovery rate of 6 gallons per hour
- A wall-mounted switch that controls the water heater’s ignition and operation (sold separately)
- An indoor mounted switch that controls the water heater’s ignition and operation
- Warranty is for a period of two years only.
Warranty is for a period of two years. In addition, please see the following information. A gas-electric water heater with a 6 gallon tank and direct spark ignition. It measures 12-11/16 inches in width by 12-11/16 inches in height by 19-3/16 inches in depth. It weighs 34.3 pounds and is non-portable. Door, frame kit, and indoor switch are not included; they must be purchased individually. WH6-6GEA The SW6DESuburbanWater Heater manufactured by Dometic will also be replaced. Configurations: Choose the following components for your configuration: The following abbreviations are used in the suburbs: SW=Suburban Water Heater, D=DSI, E=110V Electric, L=Relay, M=Heat Exchange, P=Pilot6 Gallon White6261APWBlack6261AEB are the colors of the door.
Switches: Switch – Black232229; Switch – White232229; Switch – White232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – White232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black232229; Switch – Black23 A switch in either white or cream color is available (233495 and 232795, respectively).
Suburban DEL TURNS ON AND OFF White232882 is the color of the switch.
Add an additional warranty period of 12 months1P6624 months2P66.
In order to have a full system, you must purchase both the water heater and the door.
These are available for purchase as distinct part numbers. Assembly parts from different manufacturers are not interchangeable. Please SMS or phone one of our parts professionals to check that your order is accurate. Please keep your water heater’s model number on hand at all times.
Suburban 12 Gallon Water Heater DSI & 110V SW12DE 5247A 5147A 5147F
This Suburban water heater provides a generous supply of warm water. In addition to its porcelain-lined steel tank and foam insulation, Suburban Water Heaters are noted for their extended life. The high-recovery 12,000 BTU/hour units include a wide diameter drain and a removable anode rod, which makes them very efficient. However, the porcelain-lined steel tank is equipped with a replacement anode rod that absorbs the destructive, corrosive action of hot water. This allows the tank to endure for a longer period of time while also extending the life of the complete system.
When used at the campground, this water heater has Direct Spark ignition and an electric element, which allows it to recover an additional 6 gallons per hour.
16-3/8″ in height, 16-3/8″ in width, and 22-1/4″ in depth are the overall measurements.
- It is either LP gas or electricity, and it is not portable. It has a capacity of 12 gallon, an ignition type of electronic ignition, a wattage rating of 1440 watt, and a BTU level of 12000 BTU. It measures 22-1/4 inches in depth, 16 inches in width, and 16 inches in height. It is equipped with a switch, but it does not have an access door.
- Tank Made of Porcelain-Lined Steel for Long Life
- Additional corrosion protection is provided via a replaceable anode rod. FAST Recovery Rate (percentage of time recovered): Increased hot water production and fewer cool water cycles are the result of rapid recovery. Connection to an outside gas line that is convenient
- The controls are protected from the elements by a one-piece die-formed metal control housing. The jacket is made of copolymer and is custom-fitted to the tank to keep the heat in. Manufacturer’s warranty is limited to two years.
- Model SW12DE electric water heater, 12 gallon capacity, direct spark ignition, 12000 BTU, 16-7/32 inch height, 16-7/32 inch width, 22-1/4 inch depth
- 16-7/32 inch height, 16-7/32 inch width, 22-1/4 inch depth
*Door, frame kit, and indoor switch are not included; they must be purchased individually. SuburbanWater HeaterConfigurations include the following: Choose the following components for your configuration: The following abbreviations are used in the suburbs: SW=Suburban Water Heater, D=DSI, E=110V Electric, L=Relay, M=Heat Exchange, P=Pilot6 Gallon White6261APWBlack6261AEB are the colors of the door. White Flush Mount6255APW (Application Specification) Flush Mount6255AEB10, 12, and 16 Gallon in Black Door:White Flush Mount6259APWBlack Flush Mount6259AEB White Flush Mount6259APW Suburban DDE is turned on and off.
- Cream232795 is a switch.
- Anode Rod:Suburban11563 88-9021 Butyl Tape is the manufacturer’s part number for this tape.
- Mud Atwood 6, Atwood 10, Suburban 6, Atwood 10 -W100 Dauber Screen Flush Mount Water Heaters -W600 – Suburban 6 Gallon Water Heaters Suburban 10 and Suburban 12 -W200 Suburban 10 and Suburban 12 Please keep in mind that the door, frame kit, and indoor switch are all offered separately.
- These are available for purchase as distinct part numbers.
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DSI RV Water Heater
The term “DSI” refers to the fact that the water heater may be automatically turned on by a switch located within the RV. Water heaters were switched on by igniting the pilot flame outside the RV, regardless of whether it was raining, snowing, or sleeting. This was back in the days before DSI. It didn’t matter what the weather was like outside; you had to leave the conveniences of your RV and manually ignite the fire.
On a day when long barbecue lighters were hard to come by, this was quite an accomplishment. However, thanks to the introduction of Direct Spark Ignition, you may now simply flip a switch and everything is ready! All from the luxury of the inside of your recreational vehicle.
Operating a DSI Water Heater
Nothing more complicated than flipping a switch! All from the luxury of the inside of your recreational vehicle. When a designated switch (a normal light switch or a toggle switch) is turned on, the propane gas in the water heater is activated, and the burner is ignited with electric sparks. Once the burner is turned on, it will continue to heat the water until it reaches the desired temperature. A temperature of 212°F is attained, at which point the burner is turned off. The good thing about the DSI water heater is that it will only resume after the heated water has been utilized or when the temperature has dropped below the preset degree.
Types of Water Heaters
Water heaters from Suburban and Atwood account for the vast majority of those found in recreational vehicles. Both manufacturers have established themselves as incredibly dependable and, most importantly, safe. Additionally, depending on the parameters, several switch kinds are available. A single-purpose DSI LP gas switch is shown in the illustration above. This occurs when the RV’s water heater is only powered by the propane tanks and nothing else. The switch shown in the image below is for a DUAL PURPOSE DSI water heater.
With the flick of a button, you can choose whether to run the water heater on an electric power source or on the LP tanks of your RV, no matter what type of wild weather is outside.
When compared to utilizing a pilot flame, direct spark ignition is more convenient and safer; the DSI circuit board immediately closes the gas valve as soon as the desired temperature is attained. But first, a word of caution. As a precaution, connect your RV to a water source, check to ensure that the bypass valve is open, and switch on the on-board water pump before turning on your water heater for the first time.
One Last Tip.Troubleshooting
It appears that you have flicked the switch and that you have heard the electric clicks of the igniter, but nothing happens? Please double-check that the propane tanks’ valves are fully opened. If they’re open, double-check to see if they have propane in them before proceeding. This is a mistake that many people make from time to time, which is unexpected. I’m aware that this author has! Isaac Allen is the author of this piece.
Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: DSI fault light on panel
|PFGuil49Baton Rouge, LANew MemberJoined: 04/30/2012View ProfileGood Sam RV Club Member Offline||
I agree with Doug also. My water heater did the same thing as topher80 and drcarr57 on my 2005 Holiday Rambler Endeavor. While operating on just electric, the water would get scalding hot and trip the DSI light which pointed me to a bad TSTAT. I replaced both the TSTAT and EOC because you can buy them together in one package for $10 to $14 dollars. Everything’s working as it should again.
|wa8yxmDavison Michigan (East of Flint)Senior MemberJoined: 07/04/2006View ProfileOffline||
THe other thing that will light the Fault Light is overheat. I’m not sure how hot but there are Two Thermostats on an Atwood one is the “T-Stat” and the other is the “ECO” (emergency cut out)A bad connection on the ECO leads, or the gas solenoid, or temps over something like 180 or 190 degrees will trip the Fault light. Same as a no-flame.
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|pcguilfordClarksvilleNew MemberJoined: 10/04/2012View ProfileGood Sam RV Club Member Offline||
I just had the same issue with DSI FLT light on my 09 Jayco Eagle 345 BHS. While troubleshooting, I found the igniter harness had come loose from the igniter (on my heater it is orange harness RH lower side that connects to gold blower that heats the tank). Upon reconnecting the DSI FLT light went out and I was able to get hot water on electric and LP. My initial fault was that there was no hot water when running off electric only. I then tried the LP side and the flame would light for about 3 seconds then go out. I was informed by Camping World Service that the DSI FLT will shut down the relay panel that controls the water heater not allowing either side (electric or LP) to work – additional safety.
|drcarr57Verona, ILFull MemberJoined: 09/20/2003View Profile||
I agree with Doug. My water heater did the same thing. After letting it cool down, the water heater started again. It is best to change the tsat and eoc, before the eoc fails too and your water heater really overheats. The EOC and TSTAT come as a package for between 10-14$.
|dougrainerCarrolton, TexasSenior MemberJoined: 06/11/2007View ProfileOffline||
topher80 wrote:Thank you all for your comments. The gas switch is off, so it must be a weird thing.cause with the gas switch off it should not be faulting, right.Guess I won’t be worried about it provided I have hot water on shore power.READ my post again. Your tstat is bad and the ECO is tripping causing the DSI fault light. THAT is the reason for your scalding hot water. The ECO trips at 180 degrees instead of the tstat tripping at the normal 130/40 degrees. Doug
|dougrainerCarrolton, TexasSenior MemberJoined: 06/11/2007View ProfileOffline||
2chiefsRus wrote:dougrainer wrote:Diplomat Don wrote:The DSI fault light only pertains to the gas side of the water heater. If it’s coming on when the gas is off and you’re using 120 AC, then you have a weird issue where something is shorting out between the two systems.IF the Electric side fails to shut OFF (defective tstat) and the ECO trips the DSI fault light will come on. IF you have the unit on LP AND 120 at the same time and the LP side fails to light, the DSI fault light will NOT come on. DougWhat is the ECO?Hi limit cut off. If the tstat fails, IT will open and shut the appliance off. Most ECO switches are at the 170/180 limit.ECO Electronic Cut Off Doug
|2chiefsRusUSA SomewhereSenior MemberJoined: 09/08/2004View ProfileOffline||
dougrainer wrote:Diplomat Don wrote:The DSI fault light only pertains to the gas side of the water heater. If it’s coming on when the gas is off and you’re using 120 AC, then you have a weird issue where something is shorting out between the two systems.IF the Electric side fails to shut OFF (defective tstat) and the ECO trips the DSI fault light will come on. IF you have the unit on LP AND 120 at the same time and the LP side fails to light, the DSI fault light will NOT come on. DougWhat is the ECO?
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|topher80QuecheeNew MemberJoined: 03/22/2013View ProfileGood Sam RV Club Member Offline||
Thank you all for your comments. The gas switch is off, so it must be a weird thing.cause with the gas switch off it should not be faulting, right.Guess I won’t be worried about it provided I have hot water on shore power.
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|dougrainerCarrolton, TexasSenior MemberJoined: 06/11/2007View ProfileOffline||
Diplomat Don wrote:The DSI fault light only pertains to the gas side of the water heater. If it’s coming on when the gas is off and you’re using 120 AC, then you have a weird issue where something is shorting out between the two systems.IF the Electric side fails to shut OFF (defective tstat) and the ECO trips the DSI fault light will come on. IF you have the unit on LP AND 120 at the same time and the LP side fails to light, the DSI fault light will NOT come on. Doug
|othertonkaStockton, CASenior MemberJoined: 11/15/2003View ProfileGood Sam RV Club Member||
It sounds like you are using the propane switch and the 120 AC switch at the same time, and when the propane side fails to light the “Failed to light (RED) comes on indicating that it indeed failed to light. `The water heater should continue to heat on 120 AC electric even if the indicator light is ON. A lot of people do run their heater on both for a quicker heat up. Is that what you areding when this happens?
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