Installed a new natural gas water heater about 6 months ago. It's one
of the new style that has the system that prevents igniting flammable
vapors, and it also has one of the high-flow cut-offs that stops the
flow of gas when flow is excessive, like if the flex line breaks or
All was well up until about a month ago. While doing construction on
the road out front, my gas line was cut. Not once, but 3 or 4 times
(I lost count). (Don't get me started....)
Each time they called the gas co. Repair came out, fixed the line,
relit pilot on boiler and water heater. Gas dryer has intermittent
Now, when SWMBO dries laundry, the pilot on the water heater goes out.
Not every single time the dryer flame lights, but it's pretty much
certain to go out sometime during each dryer load. The boiler pilot is
fine; it doesn't go out at all. During the week when we are not using
the dryer, all is fine.
I figure either there is some kind of restriction in the line where it
was repaired, or some dirt got into the line and is blocking
something. (There is a dirt leg on the gas pipe feeding the water
heater.) Not sure how to troubleshoot. I could call the gas company,
but that means taking off work and all those hassles.
Any suggestions as to how to troubleshoot this?
(you know what to leave out)