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Rheem Mod. # 21I50DV Pilot lites, burner ingites then goes off with pilot light.

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    New Thermocouple! Pilot lites and will stay on, burner ignetes for two minutes and goes off with Pilot.

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I would suspect your sensor (in what ever form it takes) is not working. (Thermocouple?)

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U can light the pilot lite,turn 2 ON it will stay lit 4 a couple of minutes then go out? If u turn the knob 2 low,med. It goes out pretty much immediately?I changed the thermocouple,blew the lines ou


Is the thermocouple secure, routed properly, no kinks, no sharp bends? Is the end of the unit properly aligned so the hottest part of the pilot flame is hitting the unit. Did you hold pilot switch in the light position for at least 30 seconds, before you set the gas valve to on? If all above OK, try this. Light the pilot using barbeque lighter once it lights keep the lighter on the t-couple for 30 seconds, then set the valve to ON and keep the lighter where it is. Once the main burner lights, remove the lighter. If the burner and pilot go off, your gas valve is bad.

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Rheem water heater pilot lite stays lit, burner goes out


Tripped FV or TRD, or bad gas control valve, low gas pressure, air in gas line.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
Unfortunately, Rheem does not post service manuals. Other companies post service manual, but only Rheem uses TRD FV system, while other companies use arrestor screen.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-Rheem-TRD.html
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I have a 5v40 hot water heater. I lite the pilot and burner work fine as long as i have the door open to get air. close the door and the pilot lite and burner goes out. starved for air. there looks like...


Probably don't have good news for do-it-yourself repair.
Richmond is Rheem.
Rheem gas water heater manuals say to call service technician if the combustion chamber FV sensor has tripped, or if water heater has flooded.
FV trip requires part replacement, and flooded heater has to be replaced.

I read one thread that might help:
http://www.diychatroom.com/f7/rheem-hot-water-heater-pilot-burner-not-staying-lit-65755/

I posted same question on pro water heater forums, and the plumbers will not man up and tell how to replace the part. They cite legal issue because gas water heater is dangerous, period.
They have a point, but I am still looking for a good DIY answer.

If repairs are more than $330, then buy a new heater at local box store and install yourself same day.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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The thermocouple has failed. It is the temp probe that goes from the pilot lite burner area to the control valve. Go to your local plumbng repair shop and buy one. Most appliance parts stores have them also. Take the old one with you and they will hook you up with an exact replacement. They are not that hard to change. Usually a nut or 2 screws in the temp bulb area at the burner end and a nut that threads into the control valve.
Make sure before you install the new one that the area where it mates to the gas valve is clean. Should be about a 20 min job including clean up with replacement parts in hand.

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