Whirlpool BFG Gas Thermostat

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by bqtchef, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. bqtchef

    bqtchef New Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Just installed one of these thermostats, along with a new thermocouple from Lowes, and so far no gas leaks or water leaks.
    I have a question in regards to the new whirlpool thermostat. This Thermostat has 2 wires coming from the back of the unit. The pilot will not stay lite unless these 2 wires are together.
    I taped both wires together and the pilot is lite and the water is heating up. I know I'm missing something here but could not find the answer.
    Could this be an issue brewing up for me later or is everything find the way it's setup?

    Now I know the wires r for a thermo switch, my old unit didn't have one, so do I really need one?
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    They are probably for the FVIR system which your heater apparently does not have, so NO, you do not need one.
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