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Let me try this again........I have a Reliance 606 GAS water heater that is in a flooded basement , the water is down now but the water heater will not light the pilot. It only had a few inches past the working parts. I have blown a fan on it for a day to dry things out after the water is gone. What to do to light this, is there a switch that keeps it off?

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Replace water heater.
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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.

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