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RE: Whirlpool hot water tank. FG1F4040S3NOV The pilot light went out and we cannot get it to light again. I was just told there was a recall on the thermocupler. How do I found out if this is the one that is recalled and how do I get one. I am pregnant and I need hot water now!

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Master_Tech
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SOURCE: i have a whirlpool natural

is it a standing pilot? or Spark ing. model? if standing pilot you will need to replace the Thermocouple if spark you will need to replace the spark box

Posted on May 11, 2008

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SOURCE: How do I find out

Quickest way is to call Whirlpool, give the serial # and they can give you the Manufacture date. Sometimes its on the Information tag. But most of the time it's in the serial number in code.

Posted on May 16, 2008

meBNme
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SOURCE: we have a whirlpool hotwater

Fear not, unless you havewater leaking from the tank you won't have to worry with replacing it.

Heres how your heaters ignition system works.

The Pilot is lit, and the flame sensor detects flame and sends signal to the gas valve.The gas valve then sends gas to the burners and the burnes ignite.

If the gas valve does not recieve signal from the sensor it will not come on and it will shut off all gas to the pilot, and burners to prevent raw gas from dumping into your home.

If your system has a thermocouple, 99% change the problem is the thermocouple.

When I service a customers unit, I automatically replace the thermocouple because they are so notoirus for going bad.

You can buy one at Lowes for less than 10 bucks.

To locate the thermocouple, go to the gas valve, fint the small copper tube (about as thick as a pencil lead) and follow it to the pilot. The sensor will be slightly larger in diameter and about 2 to 3 inches long.

You can try cleaning the sensor with steel wool, but usully they just need to be replaced.

To replace it, turn off the gas, unscrew the nut holding the tube in the gas valve, and disconnect the sensor from the ignitor/pilot assembly. Make sure your new T-couple is long enough, as the come in different lengths, you can simply coil the extra length up out of the way near the gas valve.

Install the new one as you removed the old one.

Relight pilot, be sure to hold the button down long enough, and enjoy your hot shower!

If you have any other problems, let me know, and I will be glad to help you.

Please don't forget to rate this solution.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

AcJim
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SOURCE: Pilot light seems to have

It sounds like you have no gas to the house. You need to call the gas company just in case your service was not shut off. It can be a bad meter or a broken line.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a Whirlpool gas

There is whats called a thermocouple, this thermocouple sits in the pilot flame, and converts the heat to a small electric charge that keeps the valve open, which in turn keeps the flame on. (see picture below). mcneb_24.jpg You can find one at your local Home depot.


Posted on Apr 09, 2011

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SOURCE: Hi i have a Rheem

If it is the tank that is leaking, you must repace the unit. A hole has opened up somewhere in the tank or one of the connections. Repair is not practical.

How old is your unit, though water conditions are more telling than age. If it is more than 5 years old ... well, it is probably time to replace.

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