Gas water heater, flooded basement, can't relight


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Old 01-18-13, 03:18 PM
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Gas water heater, flooded basement, can't relight

My basement took on water to a level well below the gas valve but deep enough to reach the burner. I can't get it to lite. I've held the pilot knob down with a clamp and put my gas sniffer in for 20 minutes with no gas flow. Can I have water in the pilot feed tube or did the water damage the thermocouple? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-18-13, 06:25 PM
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The orifice on the pilot may have rusted closed.

Check out the link.
Water Heater Pilot Orifice
 
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Old 01-20-13, 08:33 AM
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Thanks PJmax

Thanks for the help. The pilot orifice was indeed clogged. It took lots of blowing, the use of very small gauge wire and a few stern words not suitable for children's ears but we again have the luxury of hot water. My wife is letting me sleep in the big bed with her and the dogs again!
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Old 01-20-13, 08:44 AM
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Good news


Make sure the main burner flame looks correct too.
 
 

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