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I light pI lot and it stays lit burners light and reach temp but then burners wont relight to keep temp unless I tap gas valve..is it my gas valve


A lot of pilot lights have a thermal coupler... the pilot light must be lit for several min to open the coupler so the pilot light will not go out.... the newer systems use an electronic ignition and no pilot light and need power to autostart but the coupler may be gone if you are holding that pilot start button down for several min and the pilot light is still going out..ps.. leave it in pilot mode for several min after initial start up before turning turning full burner operation operation operation operation operation operation operation it will snuff out the pilot light.

May 18, 2016 | Water Heaters

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The gas was on when the pilot first went out. After replacing the Thermocouple I turned the gas back on before many attempts to relight the new thermocouple.


Well a thermocouple does not prevent the pilot light from being initially lit while holding down the pilot button. The thermocouple just keeps it lit after releasing the pilot button. So I am guessing ur lighting issue is not the thermocouple. So either no gas in line or you have a gas valve issue.

Mar 20, 2015 | Water Heaters

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Water heater richmond 5V40-7 Gas pilot will not remain lit. when button is let up it goes out.


Sounds like you have a bad thermo coupler, It is hooked to the pilot to keep it lit.

Mar 23, 2014 | Water Heaters

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How to light pilot


Assuming it is not an electric spark, but is really the type with a real pilot light:
Move the gas control on the water heater to PILOT
Push the valve handle on the gas controller down to start the gas flowing to the pilot.
Using a match, light the gas at the pilot while holding the gas controller valve handle down.
Keep the gas valve handle depressed for 30 seconds after lighting.
Release the gas controller vale handle - the pilot should remain lit. If not, repeat lighting one more time
Once the pilot remains lit, turn the gas controller valve to On - this should cause the main flame to come on.

NOTE: DO NOT LIGHT A MATCH IF YOU SMELL A HEAVY CONCENTRATION OF GAS - CALL A SERVICEMAN AND VACATE THE AREA

Dec 03, 2012 | American Standard Water Heaters

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Remeha boilers - pilot light keeps going out


You Need to replace the Thermocouple. You can get them at most hardware stores take the old on with you

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Nov 22, 2012 | Water Heaters

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Pilot light keeps going out


pilot light keeps going out! more then likely its the thermal coupling doing this. if bad it shut all gas to heater for a safety measure. just shut power off, then turn gas off and replace it. then you should be ready to go. to relight heater hold down on gas vavle knob in the pilot position, hold down and light it at the coupling where gas comes out. when it is lit, continue to hold down for 60 seconds. release knob very slow. then if its lit, turn to the run position. if flme goes out, wait at least 5 minutes to expel the gas fumes and turn to pilot and try again. good-day !

Mar 31, 2012 | Water Heaters

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I have a Kenmore Power Miser 12 gas water heater that the pilot light keeps going out. The water heater has been in service for 45 months. The pilot light has a blue flame with some orange flame flares...


check and or replace the thermal coupling. the coupling goes into the main gas control, if the coupling is bad it will shut off gas supply. as a safety measure.

Mar 09, 2011 | Water Heaters

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Adjust pilot light on hot water heater


On most water heaters there is no adjustment to pilot light. About the best you can do is clean pilot and burner. If you are having trouble keeping pilot light lit then I would replace the termocouple.

Nov 16, 2010 | Water Heaters

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Natural gas hot water heater not stying lit


Probably a bad solenoid in the gas valve. Higher voltage of a new thermocouple keeps it open longer but it still fails over a period of time. Look into a new gas valve for the water heater.

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My 1.5 yr old gas water heater has a pilot light problem


YOUR WATER HEATER HAS WHAT IS CALLED A STANDING PILOT-STAYS LIT ALWAYS WHEN THE PILOT GOES OUT YOU LOOSE EVERYTHING. YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE THERMOCOUPLE WHICH KEEP THE PILOT LIT. ONCE THE PILOT IS LIT THE THERMOCOUPLE SENDS IN MILLIVOLTS TO THE BURNER TO SAY ITS READY FOR BURNING
IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILURE WITH THIS REPLACEMENT PLEASE FIND SOME ONE WHO CAN. IT IS NOT HARD TO DO ASK A NABOR OR FRIENDS SOME HAS TO KNOW HOW. SERVICE COMPANYS ARE OUT FOR THE MONEY FOR A 10 MINUTE JOB

Aug 10, 2009 | Water Heaters

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