Question about Reliance & LP Gas Water Heater Control
1) Reliance is AO Smith-American, and air intake screen located on bottom of water heater. Clean air intake. Replace thermocouple. First two digits of serial number are year of manufacture.
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Posted on Jan 05, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
TURN OFF THE GAS VALVE AND WATER TO THE TANK REMOVE THE PIPES FOR THE DRAFT USE A SHOP VAC AND CLEAN THE DIRT AND DUST FROM THE INSIDE OF THE DUCT WORK ALSO WHERE THE BURNER IS LOCATED YOU CAN VACUME THERE ALSO AND REINSTALL THE DUCT TO THE FLUE
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
You need to replace the thermocouple. It unscrews from the thermostat on one end, and the other one hooks in a bracket. After replacment make sure the thermocouple bulb is in the pilot flame.
Posted on Apr 09, 2010
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
If you still have your owner's manual, you will need to call the manufacturer. They will need the model # & serial #. This particular brand has a fine mesh filter screen on the bottom (below the burner) that gets clogged and causes irregular pilot outages. They have a recall in which they will send you a new burner assembly with a reset switch built-in to it. They will send it to you for free, but you will need to hire your local propane co (at your expense) to install it and also clean the filter while they have the burner assembly out. Good luck. Douglas
Posted on Jan 06, 2011
If I understand correctly, the pilot light is not staying lit.
You light the pilot and water in the tank reaches temperature.
Once hot water is gone, then pilot light has to be lit again.
Gas pressure is good, and gas is flowing.
Thermostat is working at high end because it cuts off heating.
Vent is working because tank heats up.
Air intake is working.
Gas control thermostat might not be reading low temperature. Replace gas control valve.
Pilot tube might be dirty. Clean burner parts and combustion chamber, and air intake, and vent.
Backdraft might be blowing out pilot. Check for constant updraft by running water heater 5 minutes, and then light match under vent hood and see if smoke goes up.
Very hot air can put out pilot, especially when water heater located in attic. Add ventilation.
Improper vent might have water dripping back down into combustion chamber and putting out pilot light and rusting out the parts. Inspect for rusted parts and water.
Posted on Aug 10, 2011
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