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How do i reset safty switch on ge gas water heater, i light water heater and as soon as i set temp the burner goes off

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If your water heater has the flame lock system, there has been a recall and the whole burner assembly will have to be replaced. I recommend you call a plumber.

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I bought a brand new house and the gas water heater seems to be stuck in vacation mode.


Copy following link to troubleshoot by type of gas control valve, instructions how-to-light-water-heater, including error codes etc:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
To reset the intellivent gas control, press and hold both arrow buttons for about 5 seconds
This water heater requires pilot flame. Look through site glass and upward (or use mirror) to see if pilot is ON and burning clear blue flame and not lazy yellow flame.
Check that gas shut-off is parallel to gas line:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Gas-water-heater-89-valve-2.jpg
Check if outlet has 120Volt, and that polarity of outlet is correct. Power vent water heaters require correct polarity: use circuit analyzer. Check if there is ground continuity between ground and manifold tube (center tube that connects between burner and gas control valve).
Scroll to top of same link to read about FV system and air intake cleaning. Must have good supply of incoming air.
Same page half way down has troubleshoot section for pressure switch testing, blower troubleshoot etc. The pressure switch and blower communicate electrically with gas control thermostat to determine when to release gas to burner where pilot ignites gas, causing poisonous combustion by-product to vent outdoors and help nature.
This model has thermopile instead of thermocouple. Basically thermopile is several thermocouples. When heated, thermopile generates enough current to run small electronic circuit inside gas control valve. This circuitry is very common in hvac units but fairly recent to water heaters. Advantage is error code troubleshoot and more optional controls, for example future response to in-home zwave remote controls and home automation
Get model number and brand from label on side of tank and post question on pro water heater forum with list of what you have tried so far.
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/
Call plumber to bleed air out of gas line and check gas pressure.

May 28, 2013 | Water Heaters

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How do I reset the safty system?


1) Copy following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-Rheem-TRD.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Which-is-best-gas-water-heater.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

2) If this is Rheem-Richmond-Ruud, then you need new TRD glass vial.
You may also need new gas control valve, EV sensor, and other parts.

3) Might be cheaper to buy 40 gallon gas water heater at Lowes for $385, set 3-legged heater on bricks for ez access to arrestor screen, avoid dusty locations, provide more fresh air to unit, and perform required maintenance such as inspecting/cleaning air intake screen with compressed air.

Feb 24, 2013 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

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I have a Whirlpool gas water heater and the pilot light went out. When I light it it goes out as soon as soon as I release the RESET button.


if it keeps going out, its more likely the thermal coupling is bad and needs replaced. if the coupling goes bad it shuts gas of to heater as a safety precaution. it does not let any gas come out of the main regulator. it works on the principal when the end gets hot it opens the gas valve and lets gas through to burner. replace coupling. have a good day !!

Apr 09, 2011 | Water Heaters

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Pilot light goes out


if the unit goes thru the cycle of heating the water and when temp is met pilot goes out you need to replace the entire temp control if pilot goes out as soon as you release the pilot button you need to replace the thermo couple little copper wire the goes from regulator to inside burner...check for 800 number on front of w/h for warranty info..as regulator can be expensive

Dec 09, 2010 | Reliance Natural Gas Water Heater Control

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Gas water heater: burner doesn't fire, replaced gas control valve


Hello,Don't worry about the rust flakes as every burner collects then and is normal.The new control should click.Please check incoming gas pressure supply 3.5"WC natural gas / 9"WC for LP.Check it at the piolt tube with a pressure dial meter,I assume the water temp now is cold.Did you change the thermocouple also as this provides the power to run the control?

Apr 22, 2010 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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GE gas water heater lights for only a few seconds. After the burner ignites it quickly goes out along with the pilot light. The pilot cannot be relit for at least 20 minutes. Have replaced the...


Called GE and there is a glass vile under the burner that is defective and cuts off the oxygen.
They are mailing out a replacement to my house & have contracted a plumber to install. waiting 4 days now. They say that the glass vile incinerates and there is not any thing left to it. The burner area is full of black soot. will post again one fixed.

Jan 08, 2010 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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The pilot light on my gas water heater continually goes out. I can re-light the pilot and get it going. The gas burners goes on runs for awhile. I'm assuming when that when the temp hits the desired temp...


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The pilot assembly should look similar to the pic above. Depending on where you live, you may be required to hire a certified plumber to replace the parts. If not you can do it your self. Keep in mind if it's not staying lit you also need to check the thermostat and the thermocoupler before replacing the pilot assembly. There is a good chance it is just the thermocoupler going out. It is one of the first things to check when troubleshooting a pilot light problem with a gas water heater. A thermocouple determines if the pilot light is lit. If it's not lit, the gas valve fails. If that's the problem, replace the thermocouple.


  1. Shut off the gas valve on the water heater and the gas valve on the line near the heater. Remove outer and inner doors, and loosen the pilot and supply tubes and the thermocouple connections to remove the burner assembly.
  2. Step 2 Loosen the screw holding the thermocouple to the bracket. Remove old thermocouple. Bring it with you to the store to ensure you are buying the proper replacement.
  3. Step 3 Install the new thermocouple. Position the thermocouple so that the pilot flame heats 1/2 inch of the tip.
  4. Step 4 Reinstall burner assembly in the water heater. Tighten burner supply tube, pilot tube and thermocouple connections. Tighten thermocouple no more than a quarter turn more than hand-tight.
  5. Step 5 Turn on both gas valves. Check supply tube and pilot tube for leaks with soapy water. If soap bubbles, tighten connections to fix leak. Ignite the pilot light, and make sure the thermocouple tip is heating up. Replace inner and outer doors.

Jul 09, 2009 | Northern Tool Water Heaters

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I have a raypak heater with robertshaw 7000 gas


Remove the wires from the gas valve and call for it to light. While it is trying to light, take a voltage reading on the wires that go to the valve. If it is sending voltage to the valve and it won't energize the valve then the valve is defective. Just make sure that the valve is being told to come on. It could just be a limit switch. Double check the manual reset limits also before doing the vavle check. Hope this helps.

Mar 21, 2009 | Water Heaters

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This is a new whirlpool hot water heater.Pilot lights, burner fires, water heats up to temp. burner and pilot both shut down. Unit has to be started manually each time


LP OR NAT GAS , IF IT IS LP CHECK GAS PRESSURE @ TANK AND MAKE SURE NOT TO HIGH , IF NAT STILL COULD BE THE PROBLEM HAVE THE GAS COMPANY CK PRESSURE

Feb 22, 2009 | General Electric GE SmartWater Household...

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