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Problem with my Eccotemp L5 portable water heater

by Joy
(US)

I have purchased Eccotemp portable water heater, L5 model a while ago. Since than it was working well, untill few days ago. We went for camping, me and my family of three; and after I unpack and try to take a short shower, I have noticed that there is no hot water. L5 unit will start, but few seconds after, it will shut off for unknown reason. My propane tank is new, I just bought it before our trip. Maybe something happened when I was moving the unit around, when packaging.

Can you help? I am so close to buy a Coleman and get rid of Eccotemp.

Joy

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Jan 09, 2012
Eccotemp L5 - Explosive issue!
by: Gareth

Hi,

I have also purchased an Eccotemp L5 water heater, today I used it for the first time and also had issues. Everytime I started to turn up the incoming water pressure on the unit the burners immediately shut off, this kept happening until suddenly the water outlet valve at the bottom on the unit blew clean off, impressively it was not the Horlick fitting the gave but the thread of the connector it fits onto. Needless to say panic ensued but all is OK now,

Any ideas?

Thanks

Gareth

Aug 19, 2010
How to fix Eccotemp L5 water heater
by: Zee from water heater reviews

Eccotemp water heater, L5 model is one of the most selling models, but unfortunately like other appliances has problems.

Here is the troubleshooting guide for Eccotemp L5 model and your hot water problem.

- One of the common problems, why your Eccotemp L5 water heater turns off after successful lighting, is because of the insufficient pressure. If you have the old L5 model, there is a washer inside the brass fitting on the end of the regulator hose which goes into the heater. If it fell off just push it back in. Now the sufficient pressure will sustain the combustion. New model doesn't include this washer.

- If there is a high wind and water heater is not protected, it will blow out the flame.

- Recommended water pressure should be provided and kept above the recommended minimum. Required minimum is 2 l per minute and water pressure 25 psi. Recommended water pressure is between 40 and 60 psi.

- If the air is trapped inside the propane tank, the gas-air mixture is messed up. The air from the propane tank should be purged by cycling the unit ON and OFF several times, or by opening the tank valve for several seconds and let the gas escape along with the air mixed with the gas.

- If the ignition sensors are bent, they are not straight, and/or too close to the burner, then you can straighten/adjust them with pliers.

- If the thermocouple is too high or too low the gas valve won't stay open. The thermocouple should be flush with the hole in the heat exchanger.

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