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Pilotlight on gas water heater went out. cant get cover off to light pilot light. Heater is three years old.

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Some of the modern heaters have covers that are not removed to light the pilot. Look for an external "clicker" type spark ignitor.

Usiually a red button. Sometimes integrated into the gas valves on/off switch.

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My fathers Bosch water wizard tf 250 will not start. the water will flow but no gas will not ignite or come through the pipe to the heater. the gas bottle is full. thanks Dave Tooley


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.

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If your furnace uses an electrical glow element to light the pilot light, the Glow Element will need to be replaced. Glow Elements are general used on 90+ High Efficiency Gas Furnaces.

If it uses a standing pilot light rather than the Electrical Glow Element, you need to manually relight the pilot. Since I can't see your furnace, you will need to locate and read your Owners Manual on how to do this or look in the side or inside the pilot light compartment for instructions on how to light it.
Be sure you have stick match or a butane grill lighter with you before you try to light it.

If it's a manual pilot ... if after lighting it, it doesn't hold when turned to the ON position, more thank likely you'll need to have the Thermocouple replaced.

And above all, BE CAREFUL. If you don't feel comfortable lighting a gas furnace, call a professional.

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Yes you can light it with a BBQ type lighter (long enough).
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Begin this project by shutting off the gas control knob on your hot water heater. Once you are sure that the gas is off, you should use a wrench to remove the nut that attaches the thermocouple to the gas hot water tank. This nut should appear to be securing a piece of copper tubing or other type of tubing. With the nut removed, you should also pull down on the tubing, dislodging it from the thermocouple.

Sometimes there is another nut that attaches the end of the thermocouple to the pilot bracket, if this is the case you should unscrew this nut as well. You can slide it down the tubing and keep it there until you need to replace it.

With the nuts that were holding the unit in place removed, you should be able to slide the old thermocouple out of the brackets that hold it to the hot water heater. You should then take it to a hardware or home improvement store and find a suitable replacement. Then follow these steps to install the new part and fix the hot water heater.

To change the thermocouple, you should press the end of the thermocouple into the pilot bracket as far as you can. If you had to remove a second nut to remove the old thermocouple, now is the time to replace that nut securely.

With the thermocouple in place, you should connect the lead to the control unit. Use the nut you removed in the beginning steps to secure the lead. You should then tighten it at least a quarter turn with a wench to make sure the lead is securely attached to the control unit of the gas hot water heater.

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Our Whirpool Gas water heater is leaking from one of the top water supply lines and the pilot went out. we tried to light it back on and it does not. before we can replace the leak should we continue to...


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