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Old 05-31-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Question. I replaced my whole burner assembly on a Whirlpool water heater. I then replaced the whole thermostat control. When I went to ignite the pilot, it would not stay lit. I held the red button off and on for around 25 minutes. There were two wires that were running from the therm control to the door. I did not have them connected. I connected them and then the pilot lit. I turned the gas control knob to on, and flames shot out the bottom of my water heater. It was just a burst of flames and then there were no flames. I left it for about ten seconds then shut it off. Any ideas as to why that happened. I shut off the main gas line. I am thinking that when I was lighting the pilot, too much gas was in the burner assembly seeing as how long I held the red button. Any thoughts?

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When you say...

It was just a burst of flames and then there were no flames.

do you mean the burner was not lit after this or was it lit and burning OK. If the burner was burning Ok (nice blue flame)then try and relight it again following the directions on the tank. Sometimes when water heater burners start up the flame will "roll" out the opening briefly. This is why it is important to have the safety covers in place when they are in operation.

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Yes it was still lit. I peeped into the view port and it appeared that the flame inside was little larger then usual. I just figured it was burning up a little extra gas that may have been in. I turned it off anyway as i didnt want to damage anything.
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