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Richmond power vent will not stay lit, the bunrer will lit than after about 5-10 min. it goes and tries to relite and than goes into lock down. after it about 5 min. you can reset it and it will do the same. Ihave replaced the igniter/thermal (mod# 6G40PVW-40I)

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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Pilot-light-will-not-stay-lit.pdf

It sounds like you've read the manual.
And cleaned the burner parts according to manual.
You replaced thermal reset, but system is still tripping, so either the gas valve and tubing are bad, the thermocouple is bad, or there is a problem with gas pressure, or gas line.

Post question on pro water heater forum:
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

Posted on Apr 08, 2011

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