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My hot water heater will not ignite it stopped working overnite? its a whirlpool 50 gal model number BFG2J5040T3NOV

IT stopped working last night i tried to ignite this morning and it will not ignite, the igniter has a very faint spark it sparks where you can see it once or twice then you can't see it?

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Sounds like the thermal couple may be shot I thought that was the problem with mine but it needed air to supply the burner I took the cheap steps first like working on a motorcycle or car I know that you can buy the whole burner with the thermal couple assembly, I got mine from a plumbing company it was used but in better shape than mine if its not very old it can be fixed I KNOW mine is working just fine!! Beware of the plumbing companies the will give up and try to sell you a new one to skip the grunt work really isn't as hard as it may seem!! What have you to lose???

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1) Pilot is not igniting:
Clogged air intake.
Dirty combustion parts.
Bad igniter.
Bad gas control valve.
Air intake clogged caused overheated combustion chamber and tripped FV system and gas control may need replacement.

2) Product manual:
Read required maintenance, and troublehoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/BFG2J5040T3NOV.pdf

3) Whirlpool water heaters have air intake located on bottom of unit, that can be cleaned from below with feather duster or compressed air.
Clean the flame trap as shown in illustrations following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermocouple.html

Posted on Nov 07, 2012

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SOURCE: TRYING TO REPLACE MY OLD RHEEM WATER HEATER MODEL

I would say your water heater is from the fury series; new model number 82V52-2. I've included a link with my solution that you should take a look at. You could also look at water heaters of a different brand if this one isn't available in your area. Kenmore, GE, and Hotpoint are all very good brands of water heaters.

http://www.rheem.com/product.aspx?id=09DF2BDD-5E11-4D32-B574-84ACFB8A4619

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SOURCE: Whirlpool energy smart water heater

Two flashes means that the high limit temperature has been reached. Once this happens, the temperature control system will shut off. Make sure that all element access doors are in place. Push the "Push to Reset" button to restart the temperature control system. The water heater will self test for ten minutes before it will start to heat. If you get the 2 flashes again then you may need to replace one or both elements. Each element should measure 5-25 ohms.

The "thermostat" is the knob marked "Temperature Control". Make sure that the operating mode is set to 1,2 or 3.

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SOURCE: Rheem 50 Gal Hot Water Heater will not stay lit

On the back of the gas valve (where you turn the temp up) there is a stem that actually goes into the tank that senses the temprature of the water it could be dirty or buried in sediment depending on how old the tank is, or just bad. if the tank is over 10 years old i wouldn't bother replacing the gas valve, the tank is probably not far behind. A new valve will run around $100.00 maybe a little less. You wont find it at menards or home depot in stock but they may be able to order it for you. Menards sells rheem products or try you local plumbing supply house. REMEMBER TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON THE TANK BEFORE YOU WORK ON IT. IF YOU CHANGE THE VALVE DRAIN IT FIRST!

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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The manual says to hold a match near the pilot while the ignitor is trying. It says that if the unit lights the pilot orifice may be dirty or clogged. Then the manual says to check the voltage on the igniter. It should be 1.3 volts DC minimum if it is not means the electronic control box is defective.

Let me know the status ...Kevin

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Energy Smart water heater not hot

I think some one mis informed you, the normal temp on any water heater from the factory is 120, it should not go above that for reasons of sevear burns, as far as it't smart part it's just a name, you will lose a couple of degrees just comming torm the tank to the faucets, the water heater will allways keep the temp in the tank at what ever it is set at, it doesn't have the brains or computer to know what time of day it is but when the cold water comes in to the tank it comes thru a dip tube that goes to aprox 1 inch from the bottom of the tank, if you take a long shower and do not have a energy efficant shower head you can use up to 5 gals, per min of hot water where an energy efficant one only uses 2.5 or less and still has the same pressure at the shower head, the temp in your water heater tries to stay at the setting it is at depending on how much is used at one time meaning washing machine, filling tub or dishwasher at the same time, it lets more cold in as the hot goes out and as you know it can only heat up so much at a time and the cold water is just going across the bottom of the tank, so the name is just that no diffrent then any other water heater unless you went to a tankless water heater.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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