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Whirlpool Water Heater flame goes out shortly after being lit.

I have a Whirlpool Water Heater that won't work. I can get the pilot light on, but when I set the heat for use, the flames will activate for about a minute before I hear a popping and hissing noise. Observing the flame through the view port, I see them flashing yellow-orange instead of blue. This increases for about a minute until the flame goes out completely. Help!

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This problem sounds as if gas pressure to the burner is to low, check mnfr's plate on heater for the correct burner manifold pressure, you will need a manometer or a guage that measures inches of water column, set the pressure correctly and the burner should stay lit.

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    This problem sounds as if gas pressure to the burner is to low, check mnfr's plate on heater for the correct burner manifold pressure, you will need a manometer or a guage that measures inches of water column, set the pressure correctly and the burner should stay lit.

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