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

    Oct 14, 2010
    lodi, ca
    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

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    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.
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  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    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...
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    IF the pilot lights but the main burner does not, and you are doing everything else correctly, then the control is bad.
  6. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

    Aug 27, 2008
    A bounty hunter like in "Raising Arizona"
    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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