Question about Water Heaters
The thermostat probe on most residential water heaters is part of the gas valve. The thermostat is a non replaceable part of the gas vale and if your t-stat is bad you will need to replace the gas valve also.
This is generally not a very hard job just start off by shutting gas supply valve to off position.Disconnect main gas line to burner,line to pilot light, and thermocouple from gas valve. Remove pipe fitting from gas valve and use large pipe wrench to loosen gas valve.
Before you loosen gas valve you will need to shut water supply off and drain water from tank.MOST WATER HEATER GAS VALVES ARE PRETTY STANDARD ITEMS AVAILABLE AT MOST HARDWARE STORES. Just make sure you purchase valve for the type of fuel you have,such as l.p. or natural gas.Remove gas valve by turning counterclockwise. Use teflon tape or pipe joint compound on all threaded connections for reassembly. Hook up gas line,burner supply line,pilot and thermocouple lines. Refill tank and check and check for leaks. Light pilot and turn gas control to on. Set to desired heat setting . Also check all gas fitting for leaks. Good luck. Thanks
Posted on Dec 17, 2010
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