Question about Whirlpool 6th Sense 40-Gallon 6-Year Tall Gas Water Heater Natural Ga
Pilot light wont stay lit. replace the control valve, replaced thermocouple burner unit, still didn't cure problem. does leaving the fan switch unplugged effect the millivolt amperage on the thermocouple? this model has the switch but not the fan installation
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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."
SOURCE: pilot lite went out and
Hi. Before you go to the expense of a new gas valve , a correctly adjusted pilot flame is steady and blue, and stands between 1/4 and 1/2 inch high. If the flame goes out repeatedly, it may be getting too little air; if it's yellow at the tip, it's getting too much air. To correct either condition, turn the pilot adjustment screw slightly, as directed by the manufacturer.
Posted on Nov 10, 2010
Resources for Whirlpool/Craftmaster gas water heater:
Problem might be diminished air supply or bad venting. Clean the air intake located on bottom of water heater using compressed air or feather duster. Air intake screen is series of openings as wide as razor blade and can easily clog.
Clean the combustion parts and burner. Bleed air/water out of gas line. Check gas pressure.
Check for pilot and venting issues on link above, including tight house, and other gas appliances and vent fans pulling draft down the water heater vent pipe, etc.
Also see service manuals for each type of gas control valve, and replacement steps for each type.
Posted on Mar 16, 2013
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