Question about Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater 6YR 22V50F1
Polit light ignited when the rad button is pushed down and in the pilot position but one you let up on the red button to move it to the on position the pilot light goes out. Anyone have any ideas?
Check to see if the thermocouple tip is in line with the pilots flame, if its not heating the tip then carefully adjust as necessary. If the tip is in the flame and still wont stay lit then the thermocouple is due for a replacement.This task may require that the burner assy. be removed, so as to access the fasteners that attach thermocouple tip, hence disconnecting the gas line that leads to the burner, and must be properly reinstalled and leak tested. This item can be found at most hardware stores and home centers (Home depot/Lowes) be sure to gently remove the old one and take it with you (for comparison) when you are ready to purchase the new part.
Note: As with any repair of this nature, safety must come first, quality gloves and eye protection should be warn. also do not attempt any repair that is outside of your ability and knowledge.
Posted on Feb 23, 2009
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If your pilot on your gas water heater will not stay lit you need to take one step at a time.
Let's look at how you tried top light it. Turn the gas valve to the off position and then move it to the pilot position. If you can see inside under the heater and there is no glass view window you need to take a lighter or a match on an extended stick so the flame can sit right under the pilot tube. Push down on the red button and then the gas should light on the pilot burner. Hold the button down for a FULL 60 seconds.
Then slowly release the red button the main burner should then come on. Now if the pilot flame goes out right away as you're releasing the red button you have one or two more things you need to look at.
1st would be to replace the thermo coupling. You have to remove the whole burner tray to do that. If that does not work then the gas valve is bad and you need to replace it also. Make sure that when you buy a new gas valve you match up the gas type Natural gas to L P gas. They must match with the gas feeding your house or it will never work,
Thanks and best of luck
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