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I have a Raypak pool heater with a invensys gas valve, the burner is not kicking in, pilot light is lit and stays lit, I jumper the complete switch circuit and still does not kick in. this is a millivolt system, do I have power? is the gas valve repairable? thanks Mike

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Usually not the gas valve unless line voltage was applied to it. Millivolt systems are very touchy about connections. First check the output of the millivolt generator (thermopile) the wires for this usually go straight to the gas valve they should be one red and one white usually in a high temp fiber glass sheath. The wires will lead from the gas valve to a rod by the pilot. Test between the two wires with a meter that can read mV DC. You should have somewhere in the neighborhood of 450-600mV DC. If you do not, then the thermopile is bad. If you do, then it is either a bad connection somewhere or an open safety in the circuit. Check all of the safety devices and clean all of the connections in the unit with sandpaper. Usually for safety devices there will be a high limit on the discharge of the header, a pressure switch sensing water pressure, and a rollout switch or two in the control compartment above the burner. Good luck, I have to battle with mV systems all the time at work, usually it's just a bad connection.

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Posted on Jul 03, 2008

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