Pilot trouble

Old 11-17-02, 09:14 AM
bobby standridg
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Question Pilot trouble

I have an empire 65000 BTU natural gas heater. The pilot light will not light. I have tried lighting it manually but without any results. I have gas to the regulator.

Any helful suggestions that you may have to offer would be greatly appreciated.
Old 11-17-02, 12:28 PM
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Hello Bobby. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic & our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Most likely the thermocouple is too weak to produce the current needed to keep the gas valve opened or the thermocouple is simply burned out from normal usage.

Replacing it should resolve the problem. The thermocouple is the part the pilot flame is in contact with. The opposite end of the thermocouple is threaded into the gas valve. This end must be carefully unscrewed out of the gas valves control using a small open ended wrench.

A thermocouple is generic except for it's length. Thermocouples are made in different lengths. Measure the removed part or take the one you remove to any hardware store and replace it with an exact duplicate in length. The parts cost is very nominal.

New thermocouple packages will contain complete do-it-yourself installation instructions and pictures. The package also contains additional clips of various assortments.

Not all the parts contained in the package with the thermocouple will be needed. The packages contain an assortment of holding parts and clips that are generic and designed to fit a wide variety of applications.

Read the other topics in this forum and those within the heating & cooling forum on the topic of heaters for additional information. doing so will provide you with other problem possibilities and alternate correctional solutions to them.

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