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I have been told that I need to buy a new gas fire because the thermocouple is not working and needs replacing.Unfortunately the fire is approx 10-12 years old and no longer made hence the heating engineer cannot locate a thermocouple anywhere which is specific to this fire (Britaflame).Do I have to buy a new fire or is there another option?

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I think before I went to the expence of buying a new fire place I would remove old thermocouple and take it to a heating equipment supply house and see if they can find a replacement. Most equipment manufactures don't make their own controls, such as thermocouples,gas valves ,sensors and other equipment. Many chain stores such as true value have good knowedgable people and if they don't have what you need they may know someone that does. I hope this helps you. thanks

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Copy following link:
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Reliance is Rheem
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Example Whirlpool manual shows general replacement steps on page 22:
Buy thermocouple at hardware or home center. measure length before going to store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

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Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

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If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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Reliance is Rheem
Replace thermocouple is best start point.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

Many things can affect pilot:
Low gas pressure, Water or air or debris in the gas control valve, High-heat event causing ECO to trip requiring new gas control valve, burner and tubes needing clean-out, FV sensor tripped, loose or bad thermocouple.
Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

Gas water heaters require periodic maintenance.
If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

Upvote the help.
And take advantage of fixya expert assistance live.
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