Gas water heater

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kckndrgn, May 22, 2007.


  1. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    OK, Monkey's I need some input here. I have a gas water heater that the pilot light is continuously going out. I'm suspecting the the thermocouple, but I just replaced that about a year and a half ago.

    I can also get the pilot re-light then stay on long enough start the burner, but at some point later it goes out again :(

    Other than replacing the thermocouple, which I'm going to do tonight, is there anything else to look at? I don't know why or how the pilot keeps going out, but 2 days of cold showers in the morning is enough, I want a HOT shower!!!maddd

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Drafts? Clogged filter (if it has one)? Obstructed airway to the burner? Pilot safety switch? [dunno]

    Take your showers at night --:lol:
     
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    ghrit, U funny NO!!

    Well, no filter that I can "see" tho this unit is the flame-lock kind.

    I just replaced the thermocouple and fired it up. As soon as the water started to heat up I could start hearing water hitting the burner. Not just little drops, but big ones. Now there is a sticker on the heater that says water dripping is normal, but how much is normal?

    Thanks
     
  4. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    thermocouple is amost always it, then gas valve.
    Small amounts of drippage when first lighting is normal, but a whole bunch isnt.
    Did the drip stop?
     
  5. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    Yeah, the dripping finally stopped, after about 10-15 min. I could understand some condensation build up and dripping, but this was more like "rain drops".
     
  6. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Might have been coming off of the tank side walls after sitting with cold water in it and beading up condensation.
    Im sure it will be fine.
     
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