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If this is a water heater I assume.....the gas control is most likely faulty

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Pilot light doesn't stay lit


The thermocouple may have failed. It looks like a copper wire that goes from the gas valve and leads to the pilot light.My first thought is that the pilot light burner is not burning hot enough because its got dust in it or a spider web blocking some of the air it needs to burn hot. If the pilot stays on long enough to bring the main burner on, a dirty main burner lighting rough will cause the pilot to snuff out. To do the actual repair I would suggest that you contact the manufacturer on the internet. Getting up to your elbows in a gas appliance without professional help is asking for dangerous serious trouble. Good luck.

Aug 17, 2013 | Honeywell Water Heaters

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I have a new Atwood G6A-7 water heater. The pilot lights fine but gas flow, when it turns on, is so strong it will blow the pilot out. Certain times, it sounds and looks like a mini fire ball going


Clean burner tube with proper brush, such as long spring type for bar-b-Q burner tube that are available at most hardware stores, and make sure you have new burner tube aligned properly (straight on) with brass orifice on gas control. Then be sure to adjust air shutter for nice blue flame, with little orange at tip. Do not give so much air that flame roars or jumps off the end of the burner tube. Too many people think more air, less fuel, but actually, when flame roaring and jumping off end of tube, the heat passes through faster and it takes longer to heat the water inside the tank. Like I said, only enough air to have quiet, steady blue flame. If your not giving it enough air, you'll see dark soot on trailer above water heater, which indicates burning too rich, need more air, or perhaps pilot is partially plugged. Pilot flame should also be blue, not yellow/orange. Small air intake hole on side of fitting just before pilot tube can get spider web, or debris in it as well. Use air to blow that out or a piece of wire like a paper-clip to clean inside that hole.

Dec 12, 2012 | Atwood G6A-7 G6A7 Manual Pilot 6 Gallon RV...

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Pilot light and burning will not stay lit. Basement flooded and after all water was gone tried to lite the burner. Could not keep it lit. Called a service tech and they came out and cleaned the burner...


Manufacturers say to replace water heater after a flood.
Flooded water heater can be repaired by replacing parts but warranty is voided.
And if water heater reached gas control valve, then gas control has to be replaced >> possibly the gas valve eco tripped.

I don't know how effective cleaning burner parts will be, since a small spider wed inside some of those tubes can cause water heater not to function. Small obstructions cause big problems.
I'm sure the plumber cleaned it out real well.
Find manufacturer using label on side of tank, find manual with parts diagram, and order burner parts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-manufacturers.html

It might be cheaper to install a new water heater yourself from box store
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

I read one article:
http://www.diychatroom.com/f7/rheem-hot-water-heater-pilot-burner-not-staying-lit-65755/
Guy has water heater that filled with water.
He says: "I decided to feel around. As soon as I put my finger into the hole under the burners I hit water. The air intake passage was filled with rain water, effectively chocking off the fresh air. A few minutes with a siphon tube cured the problem and the water heater works normally again."

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May 06, 2011 | Rheem 40 Gallon FVR NATGAS Low WATER...

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GE Hot water heater Model GG40T06TVG00 Won't light. Recent actions: Pressure Release was continually leaking. Replaced with 150lb 3/4" with long neck. Not enough water was drained from tank and upon...


Hello,

If your GE hot water heater fails to light, the first thing you should do is make sure the gas is turned on. Before checking the gas be sure to turn the control knob over to "Pilot." This will prevent the heater from coming on unexpectedly while you are checking the unit. After making sure that the knob is set to "Pilot," carefully remove the cover and look for the flame at the end of the gas line.
If the pilot light is not on, it is possible that the gas inlet valve is partially or totally closed. To check, turn the handle next to the line and follow the instructions on the tank to relight the pilot light. Keep the cover off of the unit and look for the pilot light to go on. If the pilot light does not light, gas may not be flowing. If you suspect a problem with the gas line, be sure to contact your utility company right away.
If you suspect that the burner on your GE hot water heater is not on, remove the cover and carefully look at the burner. If the burner is not on, make sure that the thermostat is set properly. The thermostat should be set to approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit - if the setting it not right adjust it and then turn on a hot water faucet and allow it to run for several minutes. After the faucet has been running for a few minutes, look at the burner again. If the burner does not ignite, try adjusting the thermostat up and down until the burner comes on.
Good luck.



Jul 04, 2010 | Kitchen Ranges

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Pilot light keeps going out


Either the pilot light orfice is dirty, and you will need to pull it out and clean it, or the thermocouple is bad. If the pilot goes out as soon as you let the button go then it is most likely the thermocouple. If the pilot stays lit for a few days or hours then you will need to clean the pilot orfice, heres how:
1 turn off the gas supply
2 unhook the main burner gas line from the thermostat, this is the line that goes to the burner
3 unhook the pilot supply line it is usually next to the main burner line
4 unhook the thermocouple from the thermostat
5 remove the burner assembly
6 take the orfice out of the pilot line and clean it out by blowing thru it, use an air compressor if needed.
7 reassemble and light pilot

Apr 08, 2010 | Reliance & 30 Gal LP Gas Water Heater

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The pilot light & will stay lit. untill the burner cycles on/off


MAKE SURE THE BURNER TUBE AND ORIFICES ARE CLEAN. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER LP PRESSURE.

Oct 05, 2009 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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Water heater pilot wont stay lit


try cleaning the top of the pilot light jet if you can get to with small brush then blow it clean with a compressor.

Aug 30, 2009 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

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After a few minutes of burner heating the water, gas shuts off.


A couple of things to check:

If possible, remove the pilot gas assembly and clean the gas jet and thermocouple - they can get carboned up and stop working properly. Make sure the pilot flame and deflector is aimed properly and making the thermocouple glow red hot. If the problem persists, you may want to replace the thermocouple and also check the propane regulator.

Apr 20, 2009 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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