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Old 05-12-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Small flame on pilot

When i try to light my water heater i only get a very small flame on my pilot any ideas a ?
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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does it stay a light? will it fire up the water heater? if so I wouldn't worry about it. if not you may have a plugged gas line. Does the stove work ok?
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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no wont stay lit (very tiny) heater will light if you turn gas valve to on, and hold lighter to burner, i think thats from me heating up the thermocouple with my lighter. stove and furnace works just fine.
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #4
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You may have a plug in the pilot on the Water heater. Maybe a critter put something in there. Have you tried cleaning it out? You can disconnect you gas line and put a compressor up to it and try to blow it out. not to much psi around 15 should be enough to see if it is plugged or not. maybe the line has been pinched?
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:22 PM   #5
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have not tried to clean it yet just found trouble this eve. am i taking the thermocouple line off at the gas valve then blowing out the thermocouple line ?
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:05 PM   #6
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have not tried to clean it yet just found trouble this eve. am i taking the thermocouple line off at the gas valve then blowing out the thermocouple line ?
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No not the thermocoupler line , the pilot light tube.
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sorry i ment the pilot light tube not the thermocouple line,,, da !
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:38 PM   #8
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If that doesn't work, you can turn up the flow to the pilot light at the controller. The adjustment is usually concealed under a screw-in cap.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:01 PM   #9
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hi, I had the same problem. my pilot flame was barely visible. I found corrosion at the nozzle on the end nearest the pilot flame. There is a small gap between the end of the pilot gas line and the nut that attaches it to the flame tube. I cleaned that gap with a fine wire brush I use for electronics (available at radio shack). After re-assembly the pilot flame actually touched the thermocouple, as it should.
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Hmmm... Could be the same problem as mine exhibits: it blows out if there is the least wind on the street side of the TT (which is where the water heater lives, of course). There could be a gale on the other side, no problem, but it's real sensitive to wind on its side of the TT.

There's a fair bit of rust in there, so I'll get one of those little brushes and give that gap a clean, too.
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