Question about Reliance & Pilot Assembly for Natural Gas Water Heater
I'm not aware of flame adjustment. However, if it has a thermocouple make sure it is tight in the gas valve or the thermocouple may be bad. The flame heats the thermocople and this generates a milivolt charge that has an electro-magnetic force that holds the pilot valve open. Also check for a blocked flue.
Posted on Oct 10, 2010
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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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