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Water heater burner will not light

Pilot lights with no problem

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    pilot is on but burner is not on

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Make sure the thermocouple is in the pilot flame. After you get the pilot to stay on, turn the gas valve to the on position. If it still does not light, lightly tap on the gas valve. Make sure there are no other safety switches that may be affecting the heater.

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The pilot assembly should look similar to the pic above. Depending on where you live, you may be required to hire a certified plumber to replace the parts. If not you can do it your self. Keep in mind if it's not staying lit you also need to check the thermostat and the thermocoupler before replacing the pilot assembly. There is a good chance it is just the thermocoupler going out. It is one of the first things to check when troubleshooting a pilot light problem with a gas water heater. A thermocouple determines if the pilot light is lit. If it's not lit, the gas valve fails. If that's the problem, replace the thermocouple.


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