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Old 07-23-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Pilot Light Won't Stay Lit on Water Heater


Last night there was a terrible thunderstorm and flash flood in our area. Usually, we never have problems with flooding in our home, but last night the sewer backed up into our basement, flooding the entire basement floor up to about 4 inches. The water immediately went back down the drain after about a half hour. Today, we cleaned up the area and tried several times to relight our pilot light, with no success.

We looked this up online and heard a great deal about the thermocoupler being the culprit with several water heater issues. I went to the store and bought one, installed it , and continued to try to light the pilot light, following standard procedure, holding the gas button down for 1 minute, etc. The light still will not stay lit after I release the button. My pregnant wife really wants a hot shower. Is it possible some water further damaged my heater? Do I call a repair service? Is there anything else I can do on my own? Any suggestions would be helpful!

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First, Did the water touch the gas valve/thermostat?

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We're not completely sure, but guessing that it could have.
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It is a little higher up, though, so it wouldn't have been in standing water, but maybe just got splashed. I don't think it could have been completely under water.
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All manufacturers. Require it to be replace if it was under water at all.

So. Be absolutely positively sure it wasn't. You don't want your wife an unborn to be harmed, because it failed due to water damage(they tend to fail in the open position, and do major damage to the house, and occupants, or worse).

If it wasn't under water. Your burner and pilot were with 4" of water in the basement. And need to be pulled, cleaned, and dried.
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