Question about Heating & Cooling

6 Answers

Whirlpool water heater, thermocouple went bad. Gas control valve is left hand thread, while new thermocouple is right hand thread

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    Lowes did not have the left handed threads.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    I have the same problem with my thermocouple and Lowe''s does not have the art needed to convert the left handed thermocouple. I have own this water heater for only 5 years and now I probably need to purchase a new one unless someone can tell me where to get this part. IN SEROUS NEED!!!!!!

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    whirlpool water heater replaced controll (gas) got a conversion kit from lowes still pilot light goes off when you release the pilot light button

×

6 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

With a fine tooth hacksaw cut a slot in the old nut so it can be removed from the old 1/8 inch cu tubing. Now place the old nut around the new tubing and thread it into the gas valve

Posted on Aug 09, 2013

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 61 Answers

They make a adapter you can buy at lowes to switch the thread pattern for thermocouples. If you can't find it post me back and I will try to find another location you can get it at.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Sniper:

    An expert who has posted more than 50 answers, of which 90% or more were rated as helpful.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 117 Answers

You can buy the control valve assy (right next to the thermocoupler on the shelf at lowes) its about $54. It has the correct threads for the new thermocoupler threads An adapter will not work because the thermocoupler will not be able to close the switch to keep the pilot on if you extend the distance between the coupler fitting and the controller. I had the same problem when my thermocoupler died again and they stopped selling the whirpool brand coupler.

Posted on May 03, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I had the same problem. My local Lowes store carries the converter kits (to change from left-hand thread to right-hand thread on the thermocouple) free of charge. However, my Lowes was out of stock on them and directed me to contact Whirlpool. Whirlpool has the kits also at no charge, but you do have to pay for shipping and handling.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Scottsz is correct, but they will ship you the entire housing and a converter (still free of charge) and they no longer charge shipping and handling if it is still in warranty.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I'll add that i was able to get a payment authorization number from Whirlpuddle (877-817-6750) to allow me to go to my local Lowes and pick up the part. Less simple that it sounds. Eight calls to Cesspool and three trips to Lowes ...and then the four trips to hardware stores before i was convinced the left hand thermocouple no longer exists. Holiday weekend, would have been 5 days to get to me from Whizpool.
FYI-Whirlpool called it a conversion kit, The Whirlpool box at Lowes was marked enhancment kit. $35 if you need to by it. A bargan. If only I had known at the beginning.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012

  • Sweet Mar 18, 2013

    Guy, my thermocouple went out this weekend. I called Lowes since that is where I purchased my hot water heater. The assure me they had the part. Except, once I got the part home and tried to use it, I found I needed a "left hand thread" piece.

  • Sweet Mar 18, 2013

    do you know where I can get this part #6910566? 3 days w/o hot water!

×

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

Tip

How to Change the Gas Valve and Thermostat on a Hot Water Heater


<p>If you are having<b> trouble with the temperatures</b> of your <b>gas hot water heater</b> fluctuating too much, or after <b>changing the thermocouple</b> of your gas <b>hot water heater</b> then you may need to change the complete <b>gas valve and thermostat assembly</b>. Also if you have changed the <b>thermocouple</b> and the pilot still will not stay lit, then the gas valve could be bad or the <b>ECO (Emergency Cutout)</b> may have activated and is open. This is a onetime device and cannot be replaced.<br /> <p><br /> <p>These instructions are for the older style <b>gas valve and thermostat combination</b>. These commonly have a large red knob that adjusts the temperature of the water. Also note that the burner tube nut for <b>natural gas</b> is right hand thread, but if you have <b>LP or propane gas</b> the burner tube nut is left hand thread.<br /> <p><br /> <p>The newer <b>gas valve thermostat combinations</b> that have come out recently are similar, but they have a well in the tank that the sensor slides into. The assembly is held fast with a set screw. With this type of <b>gas valve and thermostat unit </b>the tank does not need to be drained, but most of the rest of the change out is similar.<br /><br />To change a <b>gas hot water heater thermostat</b> you will need to first buy a new gas valve for your <b>hot water heater</b>. The <b>gas valve</b> and the <b>thermostat</b> are integrated into one unit.<br /><br />To <b>replace the thermostat on a gas hot water heater</b> you must follow these procedures....<br /><br />1. Turn off the incoming water and<b> drain the hot water heater</b>.<br /><br />2. Remove the <b>pilot tube</b>, the <b>burner gas tube</b> and the thermocouple from the gas valve. Turn off the <b>gas line</b> and remove from the gas valve.<br /><br />3. Get a <b>pump pliers</b> or a<b> wrench</b> in behind the gas valve and turn the whole assembly CCW to remove it from the tank.<br /><br />4. After applying pipe dope or tape to the new gas valve threads, turn the new gas valve into the tank by turning in a CW direction. Be careful not to damage the small wires to the <b>ECO</b>. They are the little red wires on the back. If you break them the assembly is irreparably damaged.<br /><br />5. Reinstall the gas line, thermocouple, burner tube, and the pilot tube to the gas valve.<br /><br />6. Fill tank with water. Make sure to open a <b>hot water faucet</b> and <b>purge all air from the tank.<br /><br /></b>7. <b>Check for leaks</b> where the gas line hooks up with soapy water.<br /><br />8. Relight pilot light and check operation.<br /><br />9. Set the new temperature setting to a medium setting and then adjust the temperature to your liking from there and adequate time for heating completely<br /> <p>

on Feb 25, 2011 | Water Heaters

1 Answer

I can not light the pilot on my reliance sta-kleen 502 (30 gallon) waterheater. please help


Reliance is Rheem
Replace thermocouple is best start point.
Example Whirlpool manual shows general replacement steps on page 22:
Buy thermocouple at hardware or home center. measure length before going to store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

Many things can affect pilot:
Low gas pressure, Water or air or debris in the gas control valve, High-heat event causing ECO to trip requiring new gas control valve, burner and tubes needing clean-out, FV sensor tripped, loose or bad thermocouple.
Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

Gas water heaters require periodic maintenance.
If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

Upvote the help.
And take advantage of fixya expert assistance live.
For a price, expert works with you while you work on water heater or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

May 22, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

1 Answer

My reliance sta-kleen 502 gas water heaters' pilot will not lihgt. can some one give me an idea what to do.


Reliance is Rheem
Replace thermocouple is best start point.
Example Whirlpool manual shows general replacement steps on page 22:
Buy thermocouple at hardware or home center. measure length before going to store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

Many things can affect pilot:
Low gas pressure, Water or air or debris in the gas control valve, High-heat event causing ECO to trip requiring new gas control valve, burner and tubes needing clean-out, FV sensor tripped, loose or bad thermocouple.
Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

Gas water heaters require periodic maintenance.
If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

Upvote the help.
And take advantage of fixya expert assistance live.
For a price, expert works with you while you work on water heater or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

May 22, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

1 Answer

Believe I need to buy a Rheem Water Heater Thermocouple. Where do I find them?


If thermocouple is from ordinary tank-type water heater, then it is a generic part with different lengths 15" 17" 21" 24" 30" available at hardware of home center.
I suggest reading manual for installation information, advisories, and required maintenance.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Rheem-Ruud-water-heater-parts-guide.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#clean

There are good utube videos on replacing thermocouple.
Tip of thermocouple has to be positioned in the pilot flame.
The heat on tip of thermocouple causes millivolts of electric current that travel back to the gas control valve and the electrical signal causes gas control valve to keep gas flowing down the pilot tube to the pilot light.
If pilot light blows out or if pilot tube is clogged and needs to be cleaned, or if gas valve has gone bad, then tip of thermocouple cools down and electric signal back to gas control valve causes gas control valve to shut off gas going to pilot.

When attaching thermocouple to gas control valve, it is finger tightened.
Be careful and do not cross-thread thermocouple. Just use your fingers to start the nut.
Finger-tighten thermocouple and then add 1/4 turn using small wrench.
The end of thermocouple has a small piece of insulation that isolates the electric current from body of gas control valve. If thermocouple is overtightened, the insulation is crushed, and electrical current millivolts short out and no signal reaches gas control valve, so gas control valve keeps gas turned off to pilot tube.

If this is a tankless water heater, then open following link with troubleshooting resources and contact information for Rheem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

Upvote the help.
And take advantage of fixya expert assistance live.
For a price, expert works with you while you work on water heater or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

May 20, 2011 | Rheem 36" Water Heater Thermocouple Kit

3 Answers

I have a Rheem PG50T9A gas hot water heater. We had hot water this morning. When I came home the pilot light was out and won't stay lit. Any ideas?


Hopefully just the thermocouple. The thermocouple is the small rod right next to the pilot light. The flame on the pilot heats up the thermocouple and keeps the gas valve on. You can replace it yourself. The thermocouple will be connect by a small nut on the underneath side of the valve, and you will have to pull the thermocouple out of the pilot assembly. Not an expensive part, you can get it at any hardware store. Hope this helps you .

Apr 21, 2011 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

1 Answer

YESTERDAY I BOUGHT A THERMOCOUPLER FOR MY QVF 45 STERLING HEATER. FIRED IT UP, NOTHING. BEFORE BUYING, I HAD PROBLEMS. I WENT TO THE WAREHOUSE THAT SELLS THE PARTS FOR MY HEATER AND EXPLAINED MY...


Loosen the thermocouple nut where it goes in the control valve. Re-tighten it only finger tight and with the appropriate wrench, turn it ONLY a 1/4 turn more.

If you have it to tight, it will not heat up and open the gas valve. Make sure not to cross thread it.
FYI: Gas control valves on this type of heater rarely go bad. Unless, the control knob is forced in an inappropriate way.

Jan 21, 2011 | Sterling RF45 Propane Gas Heater (45,000...

1 Answer

How to change bad thermocouple on reliance gas hot waterheater reliance 606


it is important to turn off

the gas supply to the water heater at the manual gas shut-off

valve. This valve is typically located beside the water heater.

Note the position of the shut-off valve in the open/on position

then proceed to turn it off.

2. On the lower front of the water heater locate the combination

gas control valve/thermostat. Depress and hold

the lock tab located under the gas control knob on the right.

Rotate the gas control knob on the combination gas control

valve/thermostat clockwise until "OFF" aligns with the mark on

the front of the gas valve. Once the gas supply has been shutoff,

remove outer door. 3. Using a 1/4" nut driver or socket loosen the two screws securing

the manifold door assembly until they are free. Do not

totally remove the screws and plastic retainer washers from

the manifold door. The screws and retainer washers will be

needed to reattach the manifold door. 4. In this step, the thermocouple, manifold tube, pilot tube and

igniter wire will be disconnected from the combination gas

control valve/thermostat. Using a 7/16" wrench

disconnect the thermocouple (left-hand thread) and pilot tube

(right-hand thread). Using a 3/4" wrench disconnect the manifold

tube (right-hand thread). Carefully pull the igniter wire from

the igniter button.

5. Grasp the manifold tube and push down slightly to free the

manifold tube, pilot tube, and thermocouple from the combination

gas control valve/thermostat. when installation is complete and gas is back on, You should be able to relight the pilot and the functionality of your gas hot water heater should be restored.

Nov 27, 2010 | Reliance Natural Gas Water Heater Control

1 Answer

Will not stay on geep going out


Will pilot lit then burner and after it does this with just pilot on is that when it goes out. If this is what is happening ,pilot going out,then I would first change thermocouple. The thermocouple is usually on the bottom left hand side of gas valve.It will look like copper wire about as thick as a pencil lead. Remove burner cover and trace thermocouple line to where it mounts on pilot light assy.Thermocouple should be held in place by friction.Remove thermocouple from gas valve by lossenjng retaing nut,reach in burner compartment and grasp thermocouple at base.using small amount of force pull thermocouple from pilot assy and remove.You can get anew one at most hardware stores. Try to get one close to the length you have. A little longer ok. shorter no.Reinstall being careful when you tighten thermocouple nut as it is made of brass and valve body is made of aluminum.Very easy to cross thread or overtighten and strip threads. Make sure thermocouple is properly plased by pilot. Light piloy and hopefully this will tke care of it for you. THANKS

Nov 14, 2010 | Reliance Natural Gas Water Heater Control

1 Answer

Whirlpool water heater thermocouple


Nope, turn off all gas to the heater. Remove the enclosure containing the burner. Disconnect both the gas line and the thermocouple line from the gas valve and pull out the whole burner assembly. Take a pair of needle nose plyers and remove the thermocouple from the pilot assembly. Install the new one and reverse the removal procedures to put it all back together. Check to make sure there is no gas leaks and this is important, The nut to turn off the burner tube from the gas valve is reverse threads. Righty to turn off, Leftie to tighten.

Nov 20, 2007 | Heating & Cooling

Not finding what you are looking for?
Heating & Cooling Logo

Related Topics:

10,255 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Heating & Cooling Experts

paulcarew

Level 3 Expert

2364 Answers

Dan Webster
Dan Webster

Level 3 Expert

8205 Answers

Donni Steen

Level 3 Expert

659 Answers

Are you a Heating and Cooling Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...