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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Unable To Keep Pilot Light Lit!
I have a Williams top vent gravity wall furnace (model 5009622) and I had the same problem. I had to take the cover off the furnace -- screw on top and two at the bottom (open the access door and there is one screw on each side) to get to the reset button for the vent safety shutoff system. On my furnace it's on the left side toward the top of the unit. I pressed the little red reset button and it's been working ever since. If your furnace is properly installed and doesn't have bird's nest in the chimney, it should work fine. Good luck!
Posted on Dec 06, 2007
I am not familiar with this heater but it sounds like it could be a blockage in the main gas line into the heater or perhaps a blockage to the pilot gas line and maybe starving for gas. Best bet first is to check the main gas line from the heater. Easiest way to do this is to remove it from the heater and blow it through with compressed air. Then try the heater again. If that doesn't fix the problem then you can try blowing compressed air down through the pilot line. Could be a little dirt creating a blockage there. Then try the heater again. If it still does the same thing then try removing the panels to expose the heater's piping. If you can remove the main pipe into the heater from the gas and blow compressed air through it it should clear any obstruction from both the main line and the pilot. If this doesn't work then I would think you have a more severe problem and will need to take it to your local Heater Repairer. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 22, 2007
crappy pilot flame (not properly heating the thermocouple), bad thermocouple, thermocouple loose where it screws into the pilot safety valve, bad safety valve magnet.
One or more of those is the problem.
Oh...there is also a saftey switch...in case it tips over. It will also cause the pilot to not stay lit (if the switch or wires that go to i are faulty)
Posted on Jun 18, 2008
SOURCE: Pilot light on pool heater
One possible problem to that is a bad pilot generator, not a real common problem but often happens. To test the pilot generator, unhook the to wires that comes from the pilot assembly and hook to the gas valve. Wedge a screwdriver or something in the knob that you push down when regularly lighting the pilot so that gas will continue to flow to the pilot, if you dont hold it down it wont stay lit. Use a multimeter set on DC voltage and put prongs on the ends of the wires. If it is above 600 then it is good, a little bit below will still allow it to work, the pilot only needs like 100 millivolts to stay lit. If it is somewhere down around 500 or lower, then it should be replaced. Another cause, if the pilot generator is not bad, is that a switch in the circuit could be acting up and drawing all of the millivolts from the source before it gets back to the gas valve, in turn the pilot is not supplied with proper millivoltage to stay lit. This usually is the case if you use your heater and it works for a while but then shuts off, and the pilot goes off with it. You can test each switch without removing wires. Each switch should use 5-10 millivolts max. Put one prong on a ground, or just stick it in the ground, the guys i work with dont believe me that it works. And test one side of the switch with the other prong and then the other side to measure the millivolt drop across the switch. If all switches are good. Bad news, probably a gas valve issue. Although take the time to inspect the connections made at the gas valve and all other switches for that matter. A little rust, a little corrosion, can eat up millivoltage very quickly and this can be fix by using some sand paper or emory cloth to clean the terminals. Also check for loose connections, if you can wiggle the wire where it is connecting to the terminal, take it off and crimp it down a little tighter with some channel locks or something. Millivolt heaters are a pain in the but, that is why everybody makes and sells electronic ignition ones now.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
SOURCE: Torpedo heater wont stay lit.
Do you have the serial number or the manufacture date? There are some design changes and I would need to know the year of manufacture to assist accurately. Usually it is a relay or the thermocouple connection that will affect the unit staying lit.
Posted on Mar 29, 2009
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