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Old 05-26-2007, 01:08 PM   #1
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Is there a quick fix for a malfunctioning gas water heater?

My gas water heater recently took a nose dive. The pilot light had gone out again,after being relit maybe a week prior. Now it's out again. The pilot light will light but when i start to turn the dial to the on position the pilot light goes out and the burner will not ignite.im pretty familiar with thermostats and how they work in general, but I was wondering if there was a way to somehow allow the gas to go through the thermostat into the burner by removing the rubber backed stopper and therefore eliminating the need for the temp sensetive wire that tells the thermostat to open up.. I took the thermostat apart and it seems like if i remove the spring loaded stopper, it would allow the gas to get through into the tank making sure to shut off the gas valve after Im done using the hot water....will this work?

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Old 05-27-2007, 01:04 PM   #2
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Why not replace the thermal couple sp? that sounds like your problem. That's the wire thingy. I've replaced them on water heaters and wall furnaces they do go bad. Unless you know what your doing with the thermostat I wouldn't and if your asking here you probably don't.

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Old 05-27-2007, 09:15 PM   #3
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Don't remove anything.Replace the thermocouple if you can. If you try to rigg that valve you'll die. 1 more thing, if you took the valve apart go get a new water heater or ......You'll die.

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Old 05-28-2007, 05:12 PM   #4
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Because we all know that it is cooler watching a flame thrower burn the building down (try explaining that one to the Insurance adjuster), then fixing the problem in the first place.

I am sorry, but if someone is speaking out loud about doing something that is not safe, it is time to call in the professionals.
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:21 AM   #5
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Whew! This is a scarey post! I would have tired to maybe clean or better yet, replace the coupling and checked to make sure the venting was not blocked. Thermal coupling do indeed go bad. There are also safety features that will not allow operation if the venting becomes obstructed. Do not try to do any rigging or bypassing with gas! Better to be in cold water than cold ground! Think of your family and your home.
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