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Our Whirpool Gas water heater is leaking from one of the top water supply lines and the pilot went out. we tried to light it back on and it does not. before we can replace the leak should we continue to try and light it or repair the leak first.

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First repair the leak then remove the burner assembaly at the end of the pilot tube you will find a small orfice were the gas comes out for the pilot remove that and be sure it is free from debri and not clogged replace it when the burner assembaly is back in place and reconnected try to light the pilot if it still wont light as you are trying to light the pilot tap the side of the gas control valve (somewhat hard) if it then lights you know you have a bad gas valve if you are getting gas through the pilot orfice (not air if you have recently disconected the gas supply) and it seems to be blowing to hard you will need to replace the pilot assembaly at the end of the orfice as the small sheild also helps make the gas air mixture

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