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Old 01-24-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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I have a whirlpool bfg water heater. 4 days ago the pilot light went out and would not stay lit. By following the troubleshooting guide I determined the thermocouple needed changed. This did not work.

I have now replaced the Pilot Door Assembly, Thermocouple, and the Gas Valve / Thermostat. After replacing the valve/thermostat the pilot light stayed on and the heater appeared to be operating normally.

I now have a full tank of scalding hot water so I went up to turn down the thermostat a bit and noticed the pilot light is out again and will not stay lit...


Can anyone help with this?

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Old 01-24-2010, 07:08 PM   #2
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Pilot light nozzle clogged a little so pilit light is too small to keep the thermocouple hot?

Pilot light not aimed at the thermocouple to keep it hot?

Don't forget, you need to hold the button down for almots 60 seconds to get the thermocoouple hot enough to keep the pilot light lit.

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check gas supply to pilot
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Back drafts blowing it out.
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Back drafts blowing it out.
i thought about a draft also but it sounded like he cant even get it to stay lit when he lets off the button
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It's probably the thermocouple again but it could be other things as well. take a look at this site.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeo...r_heaters.html

These Water heaters have been a service nightmare since the day they rolled off the assembly line.

It's probably out of warranty yes? and I hate to recommend this because you probably have a lot of money already sunk into this pig but your best bet is to rip the POS out and replace it with an AO Smith

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