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Troubleshooting pilot light problems on gas water heaters. How to fix the water heater when the light goes out, does not light, won't stay lit, pilot flame is too small or too large.

To prevent problems with the water heater pilot light, it is crucial that you read the manufacturer instructions carefully; how to maintain gas water heaters and how to light it. Otherwise, if the pilot light is not functioning properly, you won't have hot water. Note that most of the older and economy gas water heaters are equipped with the pilot, while newer advanced models utilize a hot surface igniter which is more durable and reliable.

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It is important to understand when troubleshooting pilot light problems that gas heaters are equipped with the safety elements, such as thermocouple, that are designed automatically to shut the unit off when the flame is not present or extinguished for any...

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By: Danny Lipford

Draining your water heater once a year removes sediment from the tank that can cause it to work harder and cost more to use.

Begin by turning off the power or gas to the water heater. Next, turn the cold water supply valve off that allows water to flow into the heater. Hook a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and run it outside on the ground. Open the drain valve where the hose is attached. Open the pressure relief valve on top of the tank by pulling up on it. Allow the water in the tank to drain out. When the tank is empty, open the cold water valve for a few minutes to flush out the last remaining sediment. Close the drain valve and pressure relief valve and allow the tank to fill back up. Relight the pilot to the heater if gas, and turn it on. If electric, flip the breaker to restore power to the water heater.

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