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Hot water heater. ge smart water model gp40t06avg00. pilot light works. when temp is dialed up flame goes out.heater sits on the floor and was in about 4 inches of water.
Brad Z - you are absolutely correct!
Mine is a sealed burner type and was flooded with 4 inches of water and after I pumped the water out of the basement, the pilot wouldn't stay on for a long time and also when I turned the thermostat on burner went out after few seconds.
The problem was that the air intake screen under the burner had water on it and air canot make it through. I used a paper towel and wiped as much as I could and it started right up, I could feel the air sucked in when I turned the thermostat up.
Hope someone finds this helpful, I had 3 plumbers that wanted to replace the unit and couldn't figure out why it was not starting.
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
Hey did anyone find a solution to the above problem? I have the same water heater and same problem. I see the spark but no combustion or flame. Please advise. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. SOMEONE HELP PLEASE!!!
Posted on Feb 12, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The pilot light jet may have got a little bit of dirt or grit in it which is preventing it from keeping alight. Try probing the jet with a fine piece of wire to see it the blockage can be dislodged. You may have to unscrew the jet to clear it by blowing air through it. Make sure gas is turned off first before removing any parts.
The pilot light also has a thermocouple that allows gas to the pilot light while the flame is burning. If flame goes out it shuts gas off to the pilot jet. The thermocouple is bypassed by a switch during the initial ignition and once the thermocouple warms up after a minute or two of holding in the bypass switch, it should maintain the pilot. If, after cleaning, the pilot light keeps going out, it would seem that your thermocouple is faulty and needs to be replaced
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