Question about Water Heaters
This gas water heater (a few years old) uses bottled gas and is ignited by two batteries. These ignite the pilot light easily but the gas burners do light up but not very efficiently. I have tried to clean the burners with a tooth brush but it is extremely difficult to gain access to do this. Can anyone advise ? For example, can the copper 'casing' which contains the water for heating be removed in some way. Or, is there another solution which can be tackled by an amateur like me ?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
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
Called GE and there is a glass vile under the burner that is defective and cuts off the oxygen.
They are mailing out a replacement to my house & have contracted a plumber to install. waiting 4 days now. They say that the glass vile incinerates and there is not any thing left to it. The burner area is full of black soot. will post again one fixed.
Posted on Jan 21, 2010
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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.
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
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