I have a Whirlpool gas hot water tank, model FG1F4040S3NOV that came with my house I purchased 3 year's ago, it went out once back in the spring and relit with no problem and now it wont relite, I have noticed when I googled this product there were alot of people having problem's such as this and part's are hard to find mainly the thermocoupe, it act's more like it's not getting gas to relite it, the igniter flashe's and there is nothing I did everything, so from from what I have found out this is a worthless product what ever happen to Rheem/Ruud? they were the best hot water tank's, my parent's purchased one for their home 30 year's ago and it has never gave them a problem, I right now can not afford a new hot water heater and I am at my wit's end, Whirlpool ****'s and they can kiss my *** of ever buying from them can you give me any help or suggestion's on how to tempoarily fix this problem at least have that peice of **** work until I get my income tax return? Sorry to vent but I lost my furnace last winter and now this. Thank you Ronnie my e-mail is email@example.com
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Re: Pilot went out and wont re lite
Hi there i come from the uk, but it sounds to me as though it maynot be a thermocouple as if it was the pilot would light when you held it in & go out when you let it go.
it seems to me as though the pilot injector could be blocked no gas getting through to it ? or possibly there is a break in the insulation of the igniter so that when you try & light it it just earths out to the heaters metalwork.
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You did smart thing turning off water and gas. Play it safe.
Your water heater will NOT explode. Conduct routine maintenance so water heater lasts longer. If plumber says you need new heater, then post question on fixya and include information showing on tank label on side of tank. Also include why plumber says to replace. Get another plumber.
Call city utility company to determine source of noise.
You have tank-type gas water heater with standing pilot light.
Instructions for lighting pilot light are usually on front of water heater. Since water heaters vary widely, if you want specific information without guessing, then add a comment with model number that appears on label on side of tank, and also describe the gas control valve on front of unit. This information will let expert located manual and look up specific information plus troubleshoot steps for that model.
Hopefully just the thermocouple. The thermocouple is the small rod right next to the pilot light. The flame on the pilot heats up the thermocouple and keeps the gas valve on. You can replace it yourself. The thermocouple will be connect by a small nut on the underneath side of the valve, and you will have to pull the thermocouple out of the pilot assembly. Not an expensive part, you can get it at any hardware store. Hope this helps you .
I will bet that it has to do with the gas. Probably not breathing right. First check to see if you have the right water heater; inside or outside. Call the manufacturer and have the model and serial number ready. If it is the right one, make sure that it is vented properly, both intake and exhaust. The intake is located on the bottom, probably covered by a plastic screen, make sure that it is clean. Won't hurt to vacuum the immediate area. If it is in a closed off space, it needs to have sufficient enough air to breathe. There needs to be a vent through the door or wall. If this does not solve the problem, have a qualified technician pull the burner out and clean it.
Remove the cover then the access cover, then you can see inside, the pilot light is probably out.
If out turn the gas off, then get a long match, grill lighter,or piece of paper ready to light, you should be able to see the little thin gas line that runs inside the tank and see where it connects to,that is where you need to light, now that you see where to light, turn gas knob to pilot, and press down and at the same time light the pilot. ( blow into the pilot area before putting match inside to make sure no gas has built up inside) Hold down the knob for a minute then release, if pilot goes out try again and hold down longer, if you hold it for 3mins and it does not stay lite, the thermocouple is bad and you will have to replace it.
I think you have a warranty on this heater for one year.I call lowes and tell them you are dissatfield with this heater.They will someone to fix it change it out for you. But you have to stand your ground with it.But ithink your prosble is the reset on the heating element.I think it getting to hot and cut it off.Or the thermostate is sticking.Good Luck!
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I have a Lowe's Whirlpool water heater. I've experienced the same problems as I've seen described here. My pilot light started going out several times a day. It was not such a big deal, the tank is well insulated so the water would stay warm - I'd just re-light the pilot before going to bed and before going to work. That worked well for about three days, but the problem got progressively worse until it just would not light at all. I replaced the thermocouple with a Honeywell universal thermocouple that I got at Home Depot - that did not solve the problem. I'm very handy, so I decided instead of going through warranty service and having to wait three or four days for replacement parts, I'd buy a new gas valve at Lowes and try that. It cost $54.00 and it worked. By the way, I put the original thermocouple back in and the pilot light stays lit - it was definitely the gas valve and not the thermocouple in my case. It was a real pain to do since I had to drain the tank, but it only took about three hours total. From what I've read, these things last anywhere between six months and two years. That's ridiculous, but at least I have hot water now. If you are reading this because you are considering purchasing a Lowes hot water heater, DON'T!!! I started my search for a replacement gas valve at Home Depot, but they don't stock them. Lowes had 8 on the shelf. That tells you something right there - the water heaters Home Depot stocks don't need to have the gas valves replaced before the tank wears out - there's no demand for the valves so Home Depot doesn't stock them. Lowes probably sells 8 of them a week - all the boxes were shiny and new, not dirty and dusty like some items get when they sit around in home improvement stores.