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Pilot went out and wont re lite

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 bugginout63@aol.com

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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.

These are just a few ideas that might shed some light on your problem?

Kindly

Richie

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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