water heater - thermostat maybe?

Old 04-05-04, 07:22 PM
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Smile water heater - thermostat maybe?

I had hot water the night before but this morning the gas water heater never got hot. Could it be the thermostat? Is there a pilot light I have to light? Must I get a technician to handle this? I want to handle it myself.
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Yes, there is a pilot on a gas water heater.

Turn gas valve control valve to pilot, turn thermostat to pilot.

Relight pilot in the burner assembly.

You must hold down the pilot button while the pilot is lit for 2 minutes.

Then release the pilot button, see if pilot stays lit.

If it immediately goes out after two minutes of being depressed, the thermocouple needs replacement.

All of these instructions are right on the front of your tank.
Old 04-06-04, 09:21 AM
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Hello: VPTC

Not likely the thermostat is the problem. More likely the thermocouple or a dusty and or linted pilot assembly.

Be sure the pilot flame is all blue. No yellow should be visable. If any yellow is visable, the pilot assembly is dusty. Pilot assembly can be cleared of dust which causes yellow by blowing out pilot assembly.

Use a can of compressed air. Same kind used to clean computer keyboards. Blow out pilot flame first. Than blast entire pilot assembly. Be sure to blow air into all holes and openings.

Once completed, relight pilot and test. If pilot flame was dusty, the above should resolve the problem, providing the thermocouple is not defective, as the resident plumbing professional DUNBAR mentioned.

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