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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2016

Should empire dv-215 furnace pilot flame be directed at thermopile, not directed to the side of the thermopile?

Should I just rotate the pilot fixture directly towards the thermopile where its flame directly hits the thermopile? These fixtures are about 1/2 inch apart. Will the direct flame from the pilot damage the thermopile in the new location versus where currently the pilot fixture flame is directed skewed to the side of the thermopile? The Empire 215 is a unit that was in the home when I bought it 7 years ago and I just purchased a new thermopile for the unit and do not want to destroy it if the pilot fixture should be directed to the side of the thermopile.

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Boy, it is rare to be able to give a truly definitive answer on this site - but this is one such case. The pilot flame diverter in your model is a Y type - so one side of the Y directs the pilot flame directly at the end of the thermopile (and flame should extend about 1/4"' past thermopile so it is encapsulated in the flame, same as with a thermocouple), other side of the Y flame should be right above the burner to ignite it immediately when it comes on - see Figure 7 diagram in the owner's manual below for a very cflear diagram of this setting. Did not know if yours is propane or natural gas, but thermopile setup is same - this manual evidently is for both gases - just have different burners and the natural gas model number has an NG or NAT added on the end of it, depending on specific model and year.

Also happened to first find the troubleshooting manual for all model Empire stoves - link here FYI - I would print out and keep with owner's manual -

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


To suppliment the draft shield (finger) is pointed to the side of the thermopile, I can trun it, but wanted to make sure before futching arround and inserting the new thermopile. Maybe the posisition of the pilot got turned in a tightening of the gas line to it.

Answered 3 years ago by lute

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