Problem With My Water Heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by bagged_02, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. bagged_02

    bagged_02 New Member

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    i have a unitrol gas valve on my water heater and it keeps going out. i used to have to relight it once a day but now the pilot lights but the burner wont. pge told me it was the control. anyone have any suggestions
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I have a suggestion. Since you know nothing about the problem, rather than risking disaster messing with gas, call a service person who has the knowledge, experience, and test equipment to diagnose and safely repair your heater.
  3. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    It could be either the gas valve or, the thermocouple. Then again if it is a newer FVIR model some other factors come into play.

    I think Gary is right, and calling for service is a good idea...
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IF the pilot lights but the main burner does not, and you are doing everything else correctly, then the control is bad.
  5. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    Post a schematic if you can get one. Do you have a multimeter? A thermopile is easier to check than a thermocouple.
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