Water Heater Problems


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Old 12-09-02, 09:00 AM
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Water heater pilot light???

This is an update from an earlier post, but a different forum. Had a problem with the pilot light on my Rheem hot water heater going out immediately after installing a new hot water line for a bath. Basically, everytime I lit the pilot, it would stay lit, the burners would fire up fine, but then as soon as it reached the proper temp., the burners would turn off and so would the pilot. Changed the thermocouple and it worked fine for a day, but now it's doing the same thing. Air in gas line, not enough air for combustion? Running out of answers, any ideas????

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Old 12-10-02, 06:59 AM
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Hello: B-Man

Water heater pilot outages as explained in your question is not a result of adding an additional hot water line or air in the gas line.

More likely to be associated with the thermocouple. The position upwards of the thermocouple in the pilot assembly. Only the tip of the t-couple is to be heated by the pilots flame.

Also check the threaded end of the t-couple tightness into the magneto. Slightly tight or snug but not firmly tight. Check the cleanliness of the magnetos threaded inlet and the head of the t-couple plus it's threads. No thread compound on the threads etc.

Depending on the type of water heater, there could be any other number of possible problems. Check this forum for additional information on water heater problems.

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Old 12-10-02, 01:18 PM
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ok now.

Thanx Tom. Checked everything you said and also cleaned out the grill on the louvered door which was full of dust. Whatever I did, it seems to have helped because it's working fine now. Hope it stays that way.

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Old 12-11-02, 06:09 AM
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Hello: B-Man

Glad you had sucess resolving this problem, posted back the final results and included what you did to solve the problem.

Cleaning the air openings in the louvered door was most likely the proper method. Doing so reveals there importance to proper air flow into the firebox.

Proper air flow into the firebox not only supplies air for combustion but also determines burner flame characterics.
Both intake air flow and air volume are vital to proper operations.
 
 

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