Question about Water Heaters
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: pilot won't stay lit
Possible thermocouple is defective. The thermocouple is heated by the pilot itself, the theory behind this safety design is so the main burner cannot come on, if the thermocouple won't stay hot, it reduces the chance for a huge gas buildup in the burner compartment and possible explosion.
I have also seen cases a pilot would not stay lit if the flue for the heater is blocked by a spider web, bird nest or other obstruction.
Check and make sure the flue/vent is absolutely clean and clear, if it is, then the thermocouple may be defective. If you have an electric pigtail on the thermocouple, the problem may be the electronics or circuit board.
Here is a link to a photo of a thermocouple
Posted on Dec 22, 2009
Testimonial: "It was a bad thermocouple on an 8 month old water heater. Mfgr sent a replacement. I installed. Problem solved. Thanks for your help."
Posted on Sep 10, 2012
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