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Old 02-12-2010, 09:14 AM   #1
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Pilot light does not stay on


I have 2005 Bradford Defender gas water heater. I am facing the problem with not getting hot water at all.


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Following the instructions I could light the pilot but the light does not stay on.

Instructions says - I need to hold the pilot set button for a minute and the pilot light should stay on even after releasing the button.

In my case, as long as I hold the button (almost 2 minutes), the pilot light stays on but the moment I release the button, pilot light goes off..

What would be my next step from here ? Any clue ? Since the pilot light is coming what I conclude is - 1) My ignitor is working and 2)gas is coming to the appliance.. Now what can be wrong here ? what should I be checking next ? Please help


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Old 02-12-2010, 09:28 AM   #2
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I'd wait for an HVAC guy to reply but rest easy for now, I think it is just the thermocouple. Cheap and easy to replace.

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Old 02-12-2010, 10:24 AM   #3
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Could be bad thermocouple.
Bad gas valve.
Tripped roll out switch.
Or a tripped ECO, in which case the gas valve still needs changed out.


Looks like thermostat is turned all the way up.
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Could be bad thermocouple.
Bad gas valve.
Tripped roll out switch.
Or a tripped ECO, in which case the gas valve still needs changed out.


Looks like thermostat is turned all the way up.
I pulled out the thermocouple and planning to replace it tomorrow with a new one. If this is not the problem, what is tripped roll out switch and/or tripped ECO.

Yes. In the picture, thermostat is all the way up.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:53 PM   #5
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Your last pic has the roll out switch.

ECO is part of the gas valve/thermostat assembly on most water heaters, and not resettable.
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Your last pic has the roll out switch.

ECO is part of the gas valve/thermostat assembly on most water heaters, and not resettable.
How do I reset the roll out switch. I want to try this first before buying a new thermocouple.. Can you please let me know ?
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Push the button in the middle of it. If it resets, then you know you have a problem that caused it to trip, and need to find out what that is.

Could be a restricted chimney.
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Push the button in the middle of it. If it resets, then you know you have a problem that caused it to trip, and need to find out what that is.

Could be a restricted chimney.
I tired to push the block knob but it does not really go in.. what does that mean ?
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Its probably not your roll out then.

Could be gas valve, thermocouple, or ECO(emergency cut out).

Do you have a meter to test anything.
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Its probably not your roll out then.

Could be gas valve, thermocouple, or ECO(emergency cut out).

Do you have a meter to test anything.
No, I don't have any meter to test.. I will go ahead and get a new thermocouple.. I will let you know then..
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No, I don't have any meter to test.. I will go ahead and get a new thermocouple.. I will let you know then..
I put the new thermocouple but it still does not work.. I tried 3 times, pilot gets on but does not stay once I release the button.
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Could be the valve or ECO. If its the ECO, you still need a new valve.

With out meters to test things. Can't tell you anymore to do.

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