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Old 01-15-2015, 12:22 AM   #16
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Figured It out. Took out the filter. I already had my air compressor in the house since I was building a closet so blew out the debris in the screen. I further used the compressed air to clean the inside of the heater. One of these two things worked. Lit the pilot and it's been on since. My pregnant wife thanks everyone for their help. Happy wife happy life
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:09 AM   #17
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Congrats on the repair. At ten years old your water heater is at the end of its life. If you want it to last another ten years you could replace the anode rod.
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I have zero experience with water heaters....I don't even know what the thermal coupler is on this heater.

When you say "try"....do you mean try to replace it?
i would say if you don't know what the thermal is i wouldn't try any thing, get some one to replace it, it is a diy , done this many time yrs ago, go to the box store and get one , first shut off gas and take the thermal couple off, it is the long thing that stick's in the small flame trace it back to the gas valve and take it off to get the length, that is most of the problum's with gas heaters, also what you mite do is before you take it off , tighten the little nut an the gas valve first and try , sometimes this will do a fix , the end that the nut is on expands a small bit , that is what keeps the gas valve on, it may have to be tightem a little, now not a full turn on it just maybe 1/8 turn just a little , try this first good luck
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Congrats on the repair. At ten years old your water heater is at the end of its life. If you want it to last another ten years you could replace the anode rod.
Thanks, your first words of advice was spot on...it was less repair more maintenance that needed to be done

Who doesn't love free fixes. So the 10 year mark is about the life span? At what point should you replace a water heater? I have a 40 gallon one now, would there be something to look for in a replacement?
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Who doesn't love free fixes. So the 10 year mark is about the life span? At what point should you replace a water heater? I have a 40 gallon one now, would there be something to look for in a replacement?
Glad it was an easy fix for you landman.

As far as when to replace it, hard to say. Some people get 10-15+ years out of them, others 6 or 8.

When it comes to the life of a hwh, a lot depends on type of water you have, annual maintenance, flushing sediment out of tank, changing anode rod, etc. Most people get their boiler/furnances inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis, but do nothing to the hwh until one day they have no hot water. Fortunately, they are not that expensive.

As far as brands, everyone has their own favorites. Depending on your budget, I would stick with what works best for you. You got good service from the kenmore. When it finally quits on you, any big box store or sears have 40 gal gas hwh's for under 400 dollars every day no bells or whistles all have 6 year warantees. Just an opinion.
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If your 40 ga. supplies all your families needs I would stay with that, If not upgrade to a 50 ga. for a little bit more money. I am partial to Bradford White.
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