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Old 03-01-2014, 12:45 AM   #1
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1976 31 ft Sovereign water heater flaming up.

I have somebody coming to purchase my airstream and I was doing a test run.I started my water heater and the pilot lights and a little orange flame shot out the supply side of the gas valve.I blew it out and it did it again.the last time it back fired and I had as little flame around the pilot knob and then it went out.last time I used the water heater it worked fine a bout 3 months ago.can a hott rodd be installef in those water heater all I ser is that 1/4 drain plug in the bottom of the water heater

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Old 03-01-2014, 06:06 AM   #2
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I would suggest that you find the price of a regulator with the burner/pilot light assemblies - negotiate the price downward so that the purchaser will be responsible for the replacement.

In my opinion this would make for a cleaner, simpler transaction.


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Old 03-01-2014, 06:46 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the gas valve on the water heater
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:35 AM   #4
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Check for loose fittings first.

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Old 03-01-2014, 08:39 AM   #5
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There is some possibility you have insect or spider web issues in the burner tube forcing the gas to come out the air intake after the gas orifice. The gas has to have a proper place to burn, and if insects or mud daubers have filled it, the gas will come out where it can, causing flames in strange places. Clean the burner tube completely and the tube which runs through the water heater itself.

What confuses me is that you say you had a flame on the supply side of the gas valve. If you really mean that, sounds like a loose fitting.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:17 AM   #6
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I had a little flame where the air intake is

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