Question about Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater 6YR 22V50F1

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My water heater pilot wont light anymore. Originally I had a problem where the pilot would ocasionally go out. I would simply light the pilot again and it would stay lit for a few weeks. Now I cannot get the pilot to light at all. It doesnt matter how long the button is pressed down to light the pilot, i cannot even get a small amount of gas to come out of the pilot hole anymore. Before this happened the pilot would sometimes light for 1-2 seconds before going out but nothing anymore. I can light the water heater manually by heating the spot where the pilot would be and then turning on the gas but the pilot will not light at all. Manual lighting is getting old and my wife is getting angry with me. Please help.

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  • internetprom Dec 07, 2010

    I actually was able to fix it. Somehow the gas supply to the pilot light was clogged. I was able to blow it out with compressed gas. Hope this helps anyone who has this problem.

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Sounds like it is your thermal coupler. Check for a replacement part at your local hardware store. Good Luck.

Posted on Dec 03, 2010

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