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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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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.
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