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It could only be the following problems: Therm couple failed, gas valve failed. Therm couple is the cheaper fix it, so it would be your best first try.

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Dave, make sure that the gas valve on the Propane tank, is fully open and that the inline gas shutoff valve near the heater is turned ON. Those are the basic two things that would prevent the gas from flowing thru the gas line, to the heater.

If the above valves are ON, the problem then lies with the gas control valve on the water heater. If it has pilot light that has to be lit, make sure that the heater's gas control valve is properly in the PILOT Position, before attempting to light it. It must be able to be pushed ALL the way in and you should feel strong pressure pushing back at you (other than spring pressure). When you feel that, it's in the PILOT Position and ready to be lit. Once it's lit, continue to hold the Pilot Button in for 1 minute, then release it. If the Pilot stays lit, turn it to the ON Position.

Hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.

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Hello, i lite the pillot and and start up fire so its working and some time during the day the pillot goes out?


If you have a standing pilot that wont stay lit and you have to keep relighting it, it can only be a couple of things that will do this.
1. Try tighting the thermocouple at the gas valve. (this is a thin copper line that goes from the gas valve and goes to the pilot light.)
2. Make sure that the tip of the thermocouple is in the pilot light flame.
3. Make sure that the thermocouple is clean.

if you have done these and it still doesnt stay lit, buy a new thermocouple.

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The heater is attached to the propane tank properly; however, when I try to light the heater, the push valve does not allow the gas to pass to the heater to be lit. I do have all of the valves open on the...


Typically there is a safety device directly above the pilot light that must be up to temp for the gas to flow. You did not specify if the pilot is lit. If not, hold the lighter at the pilot light while depressing the button for one minute. This allows the sensor to warm to operating temp, thus allowing gas flow. Once pilot is lit adjust the temperature accordingly.

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I have ventless natural gas heater , u can lit the pilot , but when u let up off the button the pilot goes out . have replaced thermocouple the same problem pilot will not stay lit. have also used air...


When you light the pilot, hold the button in about 1 minute to satisfy the thermocouple. Once the thermocouple is hot and satisfied, turn the gas to "ON". You may have to extend the time a bit, but 1 minute is usually enough.

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Hi there i recently had another gas appliance installed and the gas was turned off while this work was done, so my hot water service pilot light went out. the guys who did this work didn't relight the...


First turn the dial on the hot water heater to the off position and wait for 5 minutes. Then turn the dial on the water heater to the pilot position. Press in the dial and use a gas grill lighter, long wooden match, or similar device to light the pilot. Once the pilot is lit, continue to hold in the dial for about 1 minute then release and turn the dial to the temperature setting that's comfortable for you.

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you could have a overdraft problem causing your flame to go out. check your draft setting at the burner and make sure it's not open too wide. If it is, simply close it it slowly and make sure that the flame remains totally blue.

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If the fan comes on and blows out the pilot light then you need a new furnace because that's the sign of a crack in the heat exchanger. Need a little better description. Do the burners light then the fan come`s on and then it goes out completely?

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Shut off the power.
Remove the gas valve and burner assembly.
After cleaning and reassembly you must purge the system and use a gas leak detecting soap to verify no leaks before turning on the power.

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Newer systems light the pilot.On a call for heat the igniter lights the pilot. When the heat is verified the gas valve opens . Some systems use an circuit board with flashing led lights to help troubleshooting.

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