I've got a new Reliance 606 water heater (5 months old) that was
working fine until about a month ago. Now the pilot light will go
out at random times, sometimes it won't go out for days or weeks,
some days it will go out several times. It's always easy to relight,
but annoying. When it's heating the water, I hear a constant
"snapping" noise about every 20-30 seconds coming from inside
the unit. The pliot flame is a lazy blue color, more or less, and
seems to be contacting the thermocouple nicely. Any suggestions?
No it's natural gas from the local utility. Does anybody know if the
snapping noise that's coming from the gas control valve when the unit
is heating the water is normal? It's different from the noise that
the valve makes when it shuts off after the water reaches the set
temperature- that's more of a "clunk", but when it's heating the
water, the control valve emits a snapping noise that I can hear in the
Thank you for your response.
The water heater is only 5 months old, and the noise doesn't seem to
coming fom inside the tank, it's coming from the control valve. Could
it be a defective unit? How are control valves tested?
On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 05:22:45 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org (m Ransley)
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