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Burner on new Whirlpool gass water heater will not stay lit

It is a natural gas water heater. Once lit it starts to flutters and after about 5-10 seconds it goes out. Plenty of gas because it is hooked into the pipe line.

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  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    it has been in use for over a year and then the pilot light went out

  • Dale Koehn
    Dale Koehn May 11, 2010

    how long has it been in place? is your venting for it clear? is the venting hooked into the same vent as the furnace ?

  • mikespipe Aug 04, 2014

    All new hotwater heaters have a sealed combuston chamber . meaning there is limited airflow in and if it is cloged it will burn up the o2 and the flame will go out. Keep the area around the heater clean and check for a filter that may need to be cleaned with either a vacuum or a airhose. if that is not the problem check the thermocouple. only the tip , the first inch should be in the flame if in to deep they burn out easily. If the thermocouple does not do the job yo are looking at a new valve. good luck

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One of the proper ways to light a gas water heater, is to turn the black knob to Pilot, put a match to the end of the pilot light, while holding the match there, push the red reset button down and hold the match & the reset button down for one full minute. Then, release the reset button and turn the black knob to On. This should keep the pilot light on.

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