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A few things dictate when the main burner turns on. One is a thermocouple not getting hot enough, the other is a bad thermostat ot thermostat wire, and another is the gas valve. First look at the gas valve located on the heater and make sure it is in the On position and not in the Pilot position. Remove your thermostat and jump the two wires together. The heater should light. If not, go back to the gas valve and find the wires up to the thermostat, the should be attached to terminals marked TH and MV or something similar. Jump the terminals. The heater should start. If not, you may need to replace the thermocouple.

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I had this ame thing happen and it was easy to fix.. I backwashed the filter.. I was told if the filter or pump is plugged the heater wont fire up . Its a protective device to keep the heater from burning up with no water running thru it.. I see your post was back in Sept . maybe you dont need this answer anymore..

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If the T-couple isn't hot enough, even the pilot won't stay lit. On an MV system it is a pilot generator. The pressure switch, Hi-limits, On/off rocker switch and t-stat are in the circuit. Make sure the P. switch isn't airlocked and you have good pressure. The Rocker switches on these units are horrible. Bypass it and see what happens. Then check continuity on your hi-limits (two white wires going up and to the right to the manifold)

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The pilot light has to heat up the thermocouple. Is the thermocouple in the flame? If so, the them. could be bad. Replace

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SOURCE: warm morning propane heater. new thermal couple.

There are basically three things that can go wrong with the Warm Morning .
Sensor shut off. There is a sensor button on the back of the unit with a wire going from it to the thermocouple. This sensor turns the heater off if the flue is blocked, however it will also shut the heater off if the wire contacts are dirty, or if the sensor has gone bad.
You can test this by bypassing the sensor. Disconnect the two wires from the sensor and reconnect them directly together. If the pilot stays on, your problem is here. Try cleaning the wire contacts first.
Pilot orifice. If the pilot flame is small and doesnt look healthy, the pilot orifice may need cleaning. The hole is very small and can get dirty. Disconnect the silver tube and clean with electrical parts cleaner. Never try to clean the hole with an object like a pin, you may damage it. You may have to slide out the burner unit to get at the silver tube. (Always shut off gas before disconnecting lines and after you reassemble, spray joints with soapywater and look for small bubbles which may indicate a gas leak. Dont use parts cleaner around an open flame.)

Thermocouple can go bad but this is not as common as the first two problems.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010

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Under the gas valve is a removable panel. On models of that era there should also be a second panel behind the first. remove both.

the pilot light should be clearly visible.

If no pilot, turn the gas valve to OFF. wait 60 seconds. locate the tubes from the gas valve to the pilot location. turn the valve to pilot, and with a long match or grill lighter lit, place flame at the pilot location and press down on the pilot button beside the main valve.

pilot should light. If not shut off the gas and call a technician. If yes, hold the pilot button for 60 seconds, then slowly release. Pilot should stay lit. If not, shut off gas and replace thermocouple, start relight sequence over. If pilot stays lit, replace inner cover and adjust temp to 120 deg. If heater fires up, replace outer cover. Done.

If heater does not light, replace gas valve or entire unit. Water heaters have a limited life expectancy, and if my recollection is correct your unit is 10yrs past warranty.

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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#clean
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You should be able to see it.There is a small flame in the bottom of the fire box at the end of the gas line tube inside the heater.

Also the gas valve will be turned to on.There are 3 positons on the gas valve, off pilot and on.
If the pilot lite is not lit the valve will be in the pilot or off positon.Plus if it were on and not lit you will smell gas.

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