Water Heater Pilot goes out during rain - any fixes?

Old 12-30-10, 10:50 AM
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Water Heater Pilot goes out during rain - any fixes?

I have a Defender FVIR water heater (I can give more details on the model if needed). Whenever there are heavy rains, the pilot goes out. I called the Gas Company and the technician told me that it is a design flaw with these water heaters. He explained that California law requires water heaters to have these filters that are near the bottom of the unit. When it rains, the filters get wet and the pilot goes out.
Has anyone else had this problem and is there a fix for it?
Old 12-30-10, 01:57 PM
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You should no be getting rain down your flue pipe first of all. Fix that and it should solve your problem. Not a design flaw. All new heaters has some type of FVIR.

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