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Old 10-29-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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I have a Richmond gas water heater the pilot went out and now when I light it the pilot will light and stay lit until I adjust the temp. As soon as I turn it up any at all you can see it light and then it goes out even the pilot I was told it was the thermocoupler but I replaced it and it is still doing the same thing Please help I have two kids and need my hot water back

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Old 10-30-2009, 07:09 AM   #2
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Make sure the thermcouple tip if fully in the pilot flame, and that the flame is high enough, and blue(not yellow). Also not a bad idea to clean out around the pilot and burner.

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If it has a yellow flame it may be that that it not getting enough air due to dirt or spider webs and the oxygen depletion unit is shutting it down. A blast of canned air down the pilot tube will generally clean it out and you'll have a blue flame when you relight.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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Also check the gas valves and be sure they are all open 100% I have seen that same thing happen because someone turned off the gas and only reopened it partly .
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Thanks for your help I cleaned out the pilot and it is staying lit Thanks again
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