Woke up this morning to only cold water in the shower - wife was very
unhappy considering only she has to work today. This is a 6-year old
free venting State Select natural gas.
I can light the pilot and turn up the thermostat only to have
everything go out within a minute or two. Any suggestions?
The most common cause is a bad thermocouple, or one
which is not in good contact with pilot flame.
But you could have a flue blockage (in the chimney or
even inside the heater) which is choking the flame off.
You are holding the pilot button on the gas valve down when you light
the pilot? When it lights, do you immediately release the button and it
The usual sequence of lighting a gas appliance which has a pilot light
1) Turn the gas valve to "pilot".
2) Press and hold the button.
3) Light the pilot light.
4) Continue holding the button 60 seconds and release.
5) If the pilot light goes out, stop. Your thermocouple is bad.
6) If the pilot light stays on, turn the knob to "on".
7) Main burner should light and stay on until the water is hot.
If it doesn't stay lit, you have a flue or gas control problem.
Rich Greenberg Marietta, GA, USA richgr atsign panix.com + 1 770 321 6507
Eastern time. N6LRT I speak for myself & my dogs only. VM\'er since CP-67
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