Pilot Won't Relight


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Old 07-10-10, 05:11 PM
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Pilot Won't Relight

I turned the pilot light off on my hot water heater when I was gone for 2 weeks. Now, it won't relight! What am I doing wrong?

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Old 07-10-10, 07:16 PM
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Hard to say what yer doing wrong without being there!

But I'm moving your post to the 'water heater' forum where you will probably get better answers.
 
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Old 07-10-10, 08:23 PM
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The pilot burner wont light when you put a flame to the pilot burner and push down on the gas valve control?
 
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Old 07-11-10, 07:12 AM
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Correct.

I turn the temp dial to "pilot light," then hold down the red button to send gas to the pilot burner. When I hold a match to the burner, it won't light.
 
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You don't want to adjust the thermostat dial.

There should be a gas control knob that says off, pilot and on.


The off position prevents gas from coming out of either the pilot burner or main burner.

The pilot position allows gas to flow out the pilot burner only.

The on position allows gas to flow out the pilot burner and main burner.

To light the pilot, turn the gas control to "pilot."

In the pilot position, gas flows to the pilot burner when the red knob is depressed.

The pilot burner should light when you depress the knob, or you should see the match flame blown around by gas coming out of the pilot burner if it wont light. (You may need to depress the red know for five minutes or so to purge old gas out of the system and get gas that will burn).
 
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I did all of that and the flame did blow around a little. Could also faintly smell gas when I pushed it, so I know something is coming out. Also followed instructions in my manual re turning down the temp dial.

I will try holding the pilot button down for longer and see if that works. Thanks for the tip.

Meanwhile, it is summer in Florida, so cold showers aren't necessarily a bad thing!
 
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Old 07-11-10, 09:37 PM
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You should get some gas that will burn coming along after holding the red button down for five minutes.

For some reason I've never had adequately explained, if gas sits unused in the fuel lines for some extended period of time, it just wont light and has to be purged out and replaced by fresh gas that will burn.
 
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Old 07-12-10, 04:18 PM
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Problem solved.

Coincidentally, the gas company came by today to fill up my tank. The tech found low pressure AND the pilot burner tube was clogged. He fixed it at no charge.

So, now I have hot water!

Thanks for your input.
 
 

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