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The heaters instructions say to open the heater, but i don't know how.

I need to light the pilot light but the insrtuct. say to open up the heaters doors and i don't see any doors.

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1) For real?
How can we answer the question without model number, brand and type water heater?
Is this a boiler? Or tank-type heater. Is the thing 2 years old or 12 years old.

2) Look on label on side of tank. Include all information shown on label.

3) Attach a photo so we can see the problem more clearly.

4) Call service technician or plumber since this is a gas appliance.

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SOURCE: pilot light won't stay lit after release of gas valve.tried few t

Most likely it's time to replace the thermocouple, the safety device that makes sure the pilot is lit. New thermocouples are cheap and you can find them at most hardware stores and the big-box places (Home Depot, etc.)

Here is a site with basic information to get you going.

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Natural gas hot water heater not stying lit

Probably a bad solenoid in the gas valve. Higher voltage of a new thermocouple keeps it open longer but it still fails over a period of time. Look into a new gas valve for the water heater.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

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SOURCE: pilot light on water heater wont stay lit

The thermocouple has failed. It is the temp probe that goes from the pilot lite burner area to the control valve. Go to your local plumbng repair shop and buy one. Most appliance parts stores have them also. Take the old one with you and they will hook you up with an exact replacement. They are not that hard to change. Usually a nut or 2 screws in the temp bulb area at the burner end and a nut that threads into the control valve.
Make sure before you install the new one that the area where it mates to the gas valve is clean. Should be about a 20 min job including clean up with replacement parts in hand.

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SOURCE: I have a Rheem 50 gal. natural gas water heater

The most common reason a pilot light will not stay lit is a bad thermocouple. How old is the water heater? If the pilot light will light, but then go out when you release the safety button, that is a sure sign the thermocouple is bad. You can buy a replacement thermocouple at your local home improvement store. There is a small chance that the control valve has gone bad, but that is highly unlikely.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010

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SOURCE: Pilot won't stay lit in Reliance 606 gas water heater

The Reliance 606 has an enclosed thermal couple. Before you try taking that assembly apart take a wire brush to the bottom opening directly under the burner. There is a metal filter on the very bottom of the water heater. It could be that the filter has gotten filled with dust or animal hair. It took a serviceman 2 days to figure this out for me. The water heater has to have good airflow through that filter to work well.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

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How do I light my hot water heater?


It is pretty easy - make sure gas valve is open, change control know to pilot. Press the ignitor a few times and once pilot lights up switch control to warm or hot position.

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Pilot light is lit but won't turn on water heater


What band and type water heater do you have? And about how old is the water heater? Add a comment with more information.

Following general information applies to tank-type residential water heater.
If pilot light is working, then thermocouple is good. Otherwise, if thermocouple was bad, or fallen out of place, then there would be no pilot flame.
Carefully read instructions for lighting water heater located on front of tank ... make sure you have the gas control valve set to ON.
At this point, troubleshoot varies widely depending if your water heater is older and air enters front of heater, or if water heater was made after 2007-9 and has sealed combustion chamber and FV system.'
Troubleshoot also varies widely depending if you have power vent and which type of gas control valve.
Copy following link for troubleshoot by type of gas control valve:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
Also post detailed question on pro water heater forum.
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

Aug 16, 2012 | Whirlpool Water Heaters

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I have a 40 gallon natural gas operated Rheem manufactured GE smartwater that has been shut off since pilot could not be lit. I would like to lit the pilot but I would like to know if I should switch the...


Not enough information is given.
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Why did water heater turn off?
If water heater was exposed to flammable vapors like gasoline, paint thinner, paint, leaking gas line, etc, then the 'single use gas shut off' might have tripped.
If water heater is older and the burner parts never cleaned, then combustion chamber can experience overheating, and that can trigger 'single use shut off.'

Instructions for lighting water heater should be printed on side of heater.
Follow the instructions and see if water heater will light.
Then check if flame is clear blue. If flame is yellow-orange, then burner parts need to be cleaned.
If water heater will not light, then combustion parts may need to be cleaned, and air intake cleaned, and 'single use shut off' could also be tripped.

Also possible that gas control valve thermostat is bad.

Open following link to help identify gas valve and see illustrations and read information about cleaning combustion parts:
http://Waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html#intelli

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We have a plumbing technician to repaire the water leakage out side of our house, which need to turn off the water supply to our house. After that, we found that hotwater will not turn on (burner light...


You have gas water heater.
Probably a tank-type gas water heater.

The plumber can fix water heater.
If you want to fix water heater yourself, then more information is needed to narrow down scope of answer.
1) Add a comment for possible help.
Instructions for lighting the water heater appear on front of water heater. Do those instructions include lighting the pilot light?
Will the pilot light stay lit?
On side of tank is a label. Label shows Brand, type (LP or NG), and model number.
This information can help narrow the type of gas control valve, and point direction for troubleshoot.
Add a comment with this information for possible help.

2) Do-it-yourself: Open following link for do-it-yourself resources to help solve gas water heater problems:
Generally the instructions show how to clean water heater parts, check venting, and show different types of gas controls, plus links for pilot light problems and cleaning air intake.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

Aug 24, 2011 | Noritz Water Heaters

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7-25-11. Purchased Reliance 909 model 950 GKRT 200 natural gas hot water heater. 7-31-11, installed said hot water heater according to instructions and code, filled with cold water and checked for gas and...


The problem requires looking at manual and service handbook, except handbook doesn't show most recent water heater.
My first check point would be gas supply, and then vent draft, and then air supply.
Take off front cover and try lighting again to make sure air supply is not problem.
Review lighting instructions.
If there is no gas, and gas is turned ON, then gas control valve is suspect.

On-line manual for Reliance 909 gas
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om/manuals/186486-002.pdf
Reliance 2006 service handbook:
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Reliance-2006-Service-Handbook.pdf

Other resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot
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Jul 31, 2011 | Reliance Natural Gas Water Heater Control

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Hot water heater pilot is off. It's not gas,


You have tank-type gas water heater:
Open following link to watch thermocouple replacement.
Make sure new thermocouple sits into pilot flame. Instructions for relighting water heater are usually printed on side of tank.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aBPsNg6vo

Gas water heaters need working thermocouple, adequate incoming fresh combustion air with no trace amounts of chemical, open vent to outside that drafts poison combustion product upward, clean burner tubes and combustion parts, correct gas pressure with no air in line, working gas control valve thermostat, no lockout condition such as tripped ECO caused by runaway heating and dirty combustion parts, and no lockout condition such as exposure to flammable vapors.
Open following links for troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Pilot-light-will-not-stay-lit.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Attic-Ventilation-and-Pilot-Outage-in-Gas%20Water-Heaters.pdf

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Jul 29, 2011 | Whirlpool Water Heaters

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Pilot will light after 30 seconds when you try to move knob to on position the pilot goes out and heater won't ignite.


You need to replace the thermocouple.
When you light the pilot it is supose to heat the thermocouple.
the thermocouple produces a small electric current which allows the gas valve to open and keep the pilot going. and allowing the main burner to come on.

Jun 21, 2011 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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I have a bosch system 21e it is, i was told to ignite the pilot light, can you tell me how this is done?


Consult your owners manual.
http://www.bosch.com.au/content/language1/downloads/70R_UserManual1023.pdf
Heres a new one if you don't have or lost yours. You can't, you got bad advice. tankless system don't have a running pilot light. They operate by detecting water flow and then turning on. Many also state on the lighting instructions to NEVER try and manually light the pilot. Try Bosch tech support. Lowes sells Bosch heaters and they might be able to help you get the support number faster. Hope this helps but please don't go sticking a flame inside there.

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My heater is not getting hot i can not tell if their is a pilot light or a reset button i don know what to do with the heater it is very different how can i heat my water heater


Reliance makes gas and electric water heaters.
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/

Best way to start is to look at label on side of tank.
Label has serial number, model number, plus it will say if heater is gas or electric.
Reliance water heater age is shown in serial number: first digit is letter, second two digits are numbers: for example numbers 02 would be the year 2002.
If water heater is 8-12 years old, it might be time to consider new tank.

Gas water heater has 3 inch metal flue pipe coming out of top of tank.
Gas pilot is probably off.
Relight pilot light: Most gas water heaters today have instructions on side of tank just above gas valve that say how to relight pilot light. Instructions vary by model.
If you have gas water heater that is older, it might be easier to call a plumber.

Electric water heater has panels on front.
Open top panel and push in red reset button.
If you have electric water heater of any age, you can usually fix it yourself same day:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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