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Pilot won't light on Rheem Fury G 29-30

I removed the door below and see a hole that goes to the gas line....I assume this is where I light it?  I turned the nob to pilot and push the red button down and stick a lighter up in the hole and get nothing.  Is this the correct spot to light it.  There is not Piezo on this unit.

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  • fergieclimbs Apr 13, 2009

    The hole I was trying to light it at where the large diameter tubing comes down was not the pilot light.  The smaller copper tubing that runs above it is where the pilot light is!  Once I located it...it lit no problem.  Rheem doesn't seem to have pictures of older units without the piezo for folks to reference.  I didn't need to purchase a thing!

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Your thermocouple is bad, that's why it won't stay lit. But you are in the right place. The thermocouple is located right in front of the pilot burner. It generaly pulls out and then you follow the copper tubing back to the valve, unscrew the fitting and it will pull out. Go to your local hardware store and purchase one about the same length and install it back in the same order. Good luck.

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