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Question DetailsAsked on 2/6/2015

My pilot light is lit on my hot water heater but it went get hot or kick on?

I have a Continental(gasoline)hot water heater (gas)

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Wow - I could not find any references to a Gasoline Continental water heater - must be an absolute antique if it actually burns gasoline (presumably white gas) rather than natural gas (which is predominately methane). If that is the case, you need a Heating and A/C contractor that services gasoline and oil fired appliances - not something you want to mess around with yourself.


OK - here are some prior similar questions with responses, ASSUMING you mean a natural gas fired heater rather than gasoline -


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I presume once the pilot is lit, you are turning the gas control knob to ON or equivalent position - and being sure it is actually turning to the stop ? Some water heater gas control valves will allow it to turn part way but not enough to turn on the gas flow - you commonly have to push down on the knob while turning to get it to turn past the stop on the housing casting.


Also - realize the gas tube to the burner will be full of air, so it can take a good few seconds - commonly 5 or so, maybe even a bit more, for the gas to push the air out and get combustion at the burner.


One other thing - I ran into an American water heater once where, after replacing the thermocouple, the thermostat dial automatically reset itself to Off or LOW - you had to turn the thermostat dial to the lowest setting, then back to where it was to get it to fire.



Failing that, then you need a visit by a Plumber or Heating and A/C contractor - or in a few Eastern states a Gas Fitter is required by law, though commonly plumbing companies have a gas fitter on staff or their plumbers cross-licensed.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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