I have a 4 year old maytag water heater, has been fine since it was new.
Starting yesterday the pilot light has gone out 4 times. The only other
thing is that I turned on my central air conditioning yesterday. The water
heater and the furnace are in the basement. What is going on? I guess I
call the plumber?
Sit in front of the heater (leave the inner baffle plate
in place) and watch the pilot.
Have someone else switch the blower fan for the A/C on.
See if that deflects the flame.
(The A/C blower shouldn't affect the house pressurization,
but the coincidence is too strijing to ignore.)
I watched the pilot with the furnace fan off and on and did not see much
difference. I lit a match and definitely see a slight draft up into the
water heater, so that must be good. The pilot is burning with a low blue
flame and every once in a while spits out a little yellow. Maybe the gas
line has a problem?
Well pay close attention to other things in the house when you turn a/c
on. Make sure windows are closed and chimney damper is closed.
Sometimes it takes a strange situation to get the downdraft started.
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