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no hot water!! pilot light on hot water heater won't stay lit??

Posted by edweather (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 2, 13 at 9:25

The gas supplier is going to come out this am to check the gas pressure. Is there anything I should check on the heater itself?? Tried several times to light the pilot light. It lights, but as soon as I release the button, it goes out! ????? Thanks. Ed


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RE: no hot water!! pilot light on hot water heater won't stay lit

Did you hold the button down for around one minute after lighting the pilot before releasing it?

Also, did the light go out on its own or was it shut off on purpose?


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RE: no hot water!! pilot light on hot water heater won't stay lit

What he said^^^^^^^,you must continue holding the button down for time stated next to button. If it still gos out,make sure the flame is touching tip of thermocouple. Thermocouple is a wire 3 times diamiter of a round tooth pick leading from near the button to piolet liight. If flame is touching,thermocouple has likly burnt out. Very common. It is inexpensive,available at most hardware stores and can be replaced by average home handyman.


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RE: no hot water!! pilot light on hot water heater won't stay lit

Thanks guys. It was the thermocouple! Like you said, as far as repairs go, it was simple. Appreciate the feedback. Ed


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