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Our whirlpool water heater is not heating. My husband replaced the thermocoupler and it still doesn't work. We have had it for 8-9 months. Whirlpool is sending a new gas valve. We are reading that this will continue to happen even with the new parts. Is there a universal gas valve that we could replace it with that will work or should we consider just purchasing a different hot water heater? The model number is BFG1F4034T3NOV.

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is it a standing pilot? or Spark ing. model? if standing pilot you will need to replace the Thermocouple if spark you will need to replace the spark box

Posted on May 11, 2008

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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

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With the right tools and elbow grease its not that big of a deal.

Most folks try tackling it with chanel locks and a pair of pliers. without the right tools, it can be a challenge.

You may have an hours work, and less than 30 bucks in the job.

A new heater will run you 350 bucks easy.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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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.

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It will be on the equipment id tag on the front of the unit. Normally it is above and to the right of the pilot light access but sometimes some turkey will slap it anywhere on the tank.

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Where can i find the make/model number on my whirlpool gas water heater? the thermocouple has gone bad, and i need to buy the right replacement.

It will be on the equipment id tag on the front of the unit. Normally it is above and to the right of the pilot light access but sometimes some turkey will slap it anywhere on the tank.

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I have a whirlpool natural gas hot water heater model number fg1f4034t3nov. no hot water pilot will not lite and can not find any parts when seaching by model number.

is it a standing pilot? or Spark ing. model? if standing pilot you will need to replace the Thermocouple if spark you will need to replace the spark box

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