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WATER HEATER - WHEN BURNER HAS HEATED THE TANK IT GOES OFF, BUT THE PILOT LIGHT ALSO GOES OUT. IT DOES NOT RELIGHT WHEN WATER IS COLD.

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Pilot needs pulled and cleaned

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Heater is not igniting


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f there is no heat, check the electrical service panel for a burned fuse or tripped breaker. Relight the pilot light (see below). If there is not enough heat, adjust the burner air shutter (see below); and clean the burner ports (see below).
If the pilot light does not light or does not stay lit, clean the pilot orifice carefully with a toothpick, test the thermocouple and replace it if it is faulty (see below).
If the flame flickers, adjust the pilot (see below).
If there is an exploding sound when the burner ignites, adjust the pilot to a higher setting and clean the pilot orifice and the burner ports.
If the burner takes more than a few seconds to ignite, clean the pilot orifice and adjust the pilot light.
If the burner flame is uneven, clean the burner ports. If the burner flame is very yellow, clean the burner; open vents in the furnace room to provide more air; adjust the burner air shutter.
If the furnace makes a rumbling noise when the burners are off, clean the burner and adjust the burner air shutter.
If the air is too dry, wash or replace the evaporator pad if you have a humidifier; test the humidistat; and adjust the water-level float to raise the water level.
If some rooms are too cool and others too warm, the distribution system may require balancing. Refer to the Forced-Air Distribution Fix-It Guide .

Oct 08, 2012 | Intertherm Heating Cooling System 15kw...

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My heil furnance comes on but no hot air or air at all


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o light the pilot on a standing-pilot (always on) ignition system, follow the lighting instructions located near the control. Otherwise, try these steps: Light the pilot:
  1. gasfurnace1.jpg Press and hold the pilot control knob to start the pilot. Set the control knob to the pilot position. Hold a long match under the pilot gas port.
  2. Press the control knob; the pilot should light. Hold the control knob down until the flame is burning brightly (about 30 seconds). Release pressure on the knob, and turn it to the on position.
  3. If the pilot goes out when you release the control knob, try relighting, holding the control knob down longer. If the pilot again goes out, check the thermocouple (below).
Adjust the pilot:
  1. Remove any cap covering the pilot adjusting screw on a combination control.
  2. Turn the adjusting screw counterclockwise to increase the flame or clockwise to decrease it. It is correctly adjusted when the flame envelops the thermocouple bulb by 1/2 inch and appears dark blue with a small yellow tip.
Test and replace a thermocouple:
  1. Hold the control knob to pilot and light the pilot as above.
  2. Unscrew the thermocouple fitting with an open-ended wrench.
  3. Set a multimeter to the DVC (lowest voltage) scale.
  4. Clip one multimeter lead to the end of the thermocouple tube nearest the pilot and the other lead to the fitting on the other end of the tube.
  5. If the multimeter shows a reading besides zero, the thermocouple is functioning. Replace the thermocouple tube.
  6. If there is no reading, you will need to clean or replace the thermocouple following steps 7 through 11.
  7. Release the control knob and shut off the main gas valve on the gas-supply pipe that leads into the burner. Shut off power to the burner at the electrical service panel .
  8. Remove the thermocouple from its mounting bracket.
  9. Wipe the combination control clean and install a new thermocouple, tightening it by hand, then give it a one-quarter turn with a wrench.
  10. Insert the thermocouple into the pilot bracket, being careful to not crimp the tubing.
  11. Turn on power to the furnace and relight the pilot (above).
Adjust an adjustable burner air shutter:
  1. Set the thermostat to its highest setting to keep the burner running. Once the furnace has heated up, remove the burner access panel and loosen the locking screw.
  2. Open the shutter by turning it to the right until the blue base of the flame appears to lift slightly from the burner port surface. Then close the shutter until the flame reseats itself on the surface.
Clean removable burner tubes and ports:
  1. Shut off gas and power to the furnace.
  2. Unscrew or loosen and remove the tubes from the supporting bracket.
  3. Carefully clean the tubes with a brush or vacuum, making sure not to damage the burner ports.
  4. Use a stiff wire to clear any debris from clogged ports.

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I turned on hot water to take a bath, and it was hot. by the time the tub had filled the water was freezing. now we cant seem to get hot water out of anywhere. the pilot light is on. the knob is set to on,...


if I was a betting may I would say that this is a small water heater, what is the temperature set on, as the pilot light will be lit once the temperature is reached, but until then the burners will be lit. I would move the temperature knob and listen to see if I hear the burners kick on. Hope this helps Tim

Apr 17, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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Do I need to replace the thermocoupling on my Reliance 501 gas water heater? Model is 5 30 NOMT7 C. Recently, I've noticed an intermittent problem with the the hot water not staying consistent. So we're...


The thermocouple is a safety for the gas valve. It tells it the pilot light is lit. If your pilot light is not going out and the burner fires when you turn up the thermostat, it is all working as it should. In other words, if you don't need to re-light the pilot, your thermocouple is OK. Turning up the temperature of the water is a good idea, just be careful not to burn anyone with the hotter water. You mite want to try a water saver shower head. Some don't throw enough water to get the soap off, but I bought one that can be turned to adjust flow and we have been happy with it. If I missed what you need from this, please let me know. Roger

Apr 10, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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I have a Charmglow patio heater. I have taken it apart and cleaned all openings where the gas comes out, but the flame still goes out after 7-8 minutes. It lights fine but will not stay lit for more than...


From what you have described, it sounds like the Thermocouple is going bad and needs to be replaced. As far as not being able to relight the pilot right away is concerned ... that's a safety feature. The control has to reset itself, before you can relight it, if the pilot goes out on it's on. As it did in your care. It usually takes about 2 - 3 minutes for the control valve to reset itself.

As far as replacing the Thermocouple is concerned, it's somewhat of a specialty item, because of it being in a tall patio heater. However, armed with the Model # of your Charmglow Patio Heater, you can probably purchase one from the manufacturer, Chamglow.

Hope this helps.

Feb 14, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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I have a gas water heater, 6 years old. The pilot will lite and then the burner lites up, after several seconds the burner goes out. It won't stay lite. The other gas appliances are working. What's...


The Thermocouple, which is part of the ignition system may be loose, where it screws into the gas control valve. Or it needs replacing.

But, first turn the gas off to the water heater, allow the burner compartment to cool off and with a flash light do a visual inspection of the burner chamber. If you see rust or scale in the chamber or on the burner, it will need to be cleaned. You can use a wire brush to clean the burner, making sure you do it carefully and not too aggressively. Use a shop vac with a hose and crevice tool to remove the debris that was created when you cleaned the burner. Be sure to vacuum the burner ports well.

Look for the Thermocouple ... it will be in front of the pilot flame and look like a 2 to 3" long piece of copper. It will have a copper tube running from the bottom of it to the gas control valve. Does the Thermocouple look pitted and worn? Dos it have a hazy film on the tip? If so, use some very fine grit sand paper to polish the Thermocouple. You don't want to sand it, as much polish it. After you have completed that, use a cotton ball dipped in alcohol to wipe off the Thermocouple.

You remember the copper tubing I mentioned that runs from the Thermocouple to the Gas Control Valve? Trace that tuning to the control valve and see if you can loosen the connecting nut to the control valve with your fingers. If you can, it's loose and needs to be retightened. Finger tighten it and with an appropriately sized open end wrench tighten only 1/4 turn more. Turn the gas back on and light the pilot, following the lighting instructions on the water heater. Allow the control knob to remain in the pilot position for at least 1 minute before turning the control knob to ON.

The water in the tank has probably cooled enough that the burner should fire up. If it doesn't turn on the hot water side of faucet, to drain the tank some, so that the burner will fire.

Once it fires, take a stick match, light it then blow it out. Quickly place it next to the opening at the top of the tank where the Exhaust Vent Pipe is connected to the tank. If the vent is drawing properly, it should **** the smoke quickly up the vent pipe. If it doesn't, you'll need to check the vent pipe for obstructions or disconnections at the couplings along the pipe.

If the burner does not continue to operate properly after you have completed all of this. Replace the Thermocouple. Remove the one you now have and take it with you to a hardware or home improvement store, so that you can match it up to the ones that are available.

Hope all this solves your problem. Please let me know.

Feb 12, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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Hi there i recently had another gas appliance installed and the gas was turned off while this work was done, so my hot water service pilot light went out. the guys who did this work didn't relight the...


First turn the dial on the hot water heater to the off position and wait for 5 minutes. Then turn the dial on the water heater to the pilot position. Press in the dial and use a gas grill lighter, long wooden match, or similar device to light the pilot. Once the pilot is lit, continue to hold in the dial for about 1 minute then release and turn the dial to the temperature setting that's comfortable for you.

Dec 11, 2010 | Air Conditioners

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I have an old gas heater when i go to light it the piolet light wont stay on when i turn the knob to make it hotter.


Old heaters that have a "standing" pilot light that burns all of the time use a device called a thermocouple. The thermocouple sits in the flame of the pilot and when heated by the pilot, produces a very small amount of electricity (approx 30 mV) which the heater interperets as proof that the pilot is burning and indicating that it is okay to turn the main burner on. The thermocouple is a part that wears out and when it fails causes the exact problem that you are describing.

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