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GE Hot water heater Model GG40T06TVG00 Won't light. Recent actions: Pressure Release was continually leaking. Replaced with 150lb 3/4" with long neck. Not enough water was drained from tank and upon removal of old valve and screwing in the new one water was gushing out of the opening. New valve was tightened down and water was turned back on. The following day the drain pan was full of water. water was removed and pan stayed dry. but pilot would not light. Have waited 2 days pan is still dry but Pilot will still not light. Unit uses piezo-spark to ignight Pilot. Richard

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  • RTFavara Jul 05, 2010

    Some additional information on the Rheen Manufactured GE 40gal Hot Water Heater.
    I am assuming that you can see my first comments with the Model number and the water that leaked between the tank and the jacket.

    There are 4 screws holding the burner access door the only cover that can be removed with tools is the jacket cover that exposes that access door, sight glass etc

    Should I remove the access door?

    What would cause the pilot not to light, would the water that came out the pressure release opening in the tank and flowed down between the tank and the outside jacket cause the pilot not to ignite? I can understand how it might have extingquished the pilot but how could it keep the pilot from lighting?

    The notice on the jacket says that if the tank has had water in it "Not to light it and to get a new water heater" What is that referring to? Seems a little extreme.

    Thanks for your help

    richard

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Hey, I'm having the same problem with my G.E. water heater. I haven't figured it out yet and I don't have a solution for you but just had to commiserate with you in dealing with the buffoons who typically respond to these questions:

"Hey dude, check the gas is on!"

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Hello,

When your GE hot water heater fails to light, the first thing you should do is make sure the gas is turned on. Before checking the gas be sure to turn the control knob over to "Pilot." This will prevent the heater from coming on unexpectedly while you are checking the unit. After making sure that the knob is set to "Pilot," carefully remove the cover and look for the flame at the end of the gas line.If the pilot light is not on, it is possible that the gas inlet valve is partially or totally closed. To check, turn the handle next to the line and follow the instructions on the tank to relight the pilot light. Keep the cover off of the unit and look for the pilot light to go on. If the pilot light does not light, gas may not be flowing.

Take care.

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  • RTFavara Jul 05, 2010

    Come on man,

    gas flow and valve has been checked

    knob turned to pilot button held down for various lengths of time and button pushed many times.

    NO LIGHT Period.



    Now lets get to the what would keep it from lighting (besides what we just discussed) can you answers any of the questions I have asked also in the additional comments I have written. I'm 71 I work as an IT director (hands on) 60+ hours a week. I have 3 workshops here at my house half of which I built, wired, plumbed, and landscaped myself.



    What do we do to trouble shoot this problem? be aware that there is NOT a slip on cover allowing me access to the pilot and burner assembly. this cover is held on with 4 screws and the tubes and cables go through the middle of that cover.



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    I advice you check the link below to see information therein.

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  • RTFavara Jul 05, 2010

    What is wrong with everyone on this site?



    I HAVE A WATER HEATER PROBLEM NOT A KITCHEN RANGE.



    I am not trying to cook with this water heater just get hot water



    WHY would a link that explains how to fix a kitchen stove be ov any help to my problem.

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Hello,

If your GE hot water heater fails to light, the first thing you should do is make sure the gas is turned on. Before checking the gas be sure to turn the control knob over to "Pilot." This will prevent the heater from coming on unexpectedly while you are checking the unit. After making sure that the knob is set to "Pilot," carefully remove the cover and look for the flame at the end of the gas line.
If the pilot light is not on, it is possible that the gas inlet valve is partially or totally closed. To check, turn the handle next to the line and follow the instructions on the tank to relight the pilot light. Keep the cover off of the unit and look for the pilot light to go on. If the pilot light does not light, gas may not be flowing. If you suspect a problem with the gas line, be sure to contact your utility company right away.
If you suspect that the burner on your GE hot water heater is not on, remove the cover and carefully look at the burner. If the burner is not on, make sure that the thermostat is set properly. The thermostat should be set to approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit - if the setting it not right adjust it and then turn on a hot water faucet and allow it to run for several minutes. After the faucet has been running for a few minutes, look at the burner again. If the burner does not ignite, try adjusting the thermostat up and down until the burner comes on.
Good luck.



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  • RTFavara Jul 04, 2010

    Thanks for that extremely basic information.



    Of course I checked to see if I had gas flow to the thermostat.



    This unit only has a small about 1" Square window to view the pilot and it is not crystal clear so if the pilot is not on you can't see anything.



    There are 4 screws holding the burner access door the only cover that can be removed with tools is the jacket cover that exposes that access door, sight glass etc



    Should I remove the access door?

    What would cause the pilot not to light, would the water that came out the pressure release opening in the tank and flowed down between the tank and the outside jacket cause the pilot not to ignite?



    The notice on the jacket says that if the tank has had water in it "Not to light it and to get a new water heater" What is that referring to?



  • RTFavara Jul 05, 2010

    I just noticed on the paperwork that came from this hot water heater the actual manufacture is



    Rheem Manufacturing Company the model number etc are the same as I mentioned above

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This valve has several names, including temperature and pressure relief valve, pressure relief valve, T&P valve, or--in its shortest form--TP valve. As TP valves get old, they can begin to drip or leak and may need to be replaced.
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I have a GE Profile Water Heater Model #SE40M12AA01.


I recommend safety changes to prevent ruptured water heater and assorted leaks.
135 degree hot water.
Maybe replace TP valve if it is dripping.
Drip pan under water heater with 3/4" drain line to outside.
Expansion tank on incoming cold water line to absorb pressure build-up, and prolong life of tank and plumbing.

Here's why:

1) Yes you can have scalding hot water.

2) I recommend 135 degrees since that will burn the evil right out of ya. And generally kill clothes washing bacteria.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html

3) 150 is dangerous and can seriously burn skin in 1.5 seconds. Not safe around children and elderly.

4) Temperature settings on electric water heater are approximate, since thermostats are calibrated approximately, and read temperature through tank wall.

5) Also if you want to increase amount of hot water for high-consumption household, then setting tank temperature upward is one solution since more cold water is mixed with hot, so amount of hot inside tank goes further.

6) High temperature can cause TP valve to release water.
TP valve is pressure-temperature safety valve. Do NOT cap off.
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8) You need a drip pan with 3/4" drain line to outdoors, or to drain vent line, to prevent flood caused by ruptured water heater.
Turn water heater off when going on vacation.
Inspect water heater each 6 months.
Drip pan available at local home center or hardware:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html#drip

9) Heated water expands and puts pressure on tank and pipes.
Water does not compress... so when water gets hotter it expands against tank wall and against pipes.
Especially in closed system (check valve present) when system is without expansion tank.
Expansion tank is installed on incoming cold water line.
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