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Question DetailsAsked on 2/17/2015

water heater pilot light will not light following relight instructions.

Whirlpool 40 gallon. Installed in 2004. Showed no indication of a problem until plot light issue.

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Here is a recent similar question which might address your problem -

If an ignitor system (no standing pilot), commonly the ignitor and/or ignitor circuit board are bad - a quite common event

If a standing pilot heater (pilot always burns) then a bad thermocouple, or the tip slipped out of the flame or is buried in rust is probably the most common cause. If your thermnocouple has never been changed then this is quite likely the cause, as thermocouples typically (in my experience) last 3-5 years in water heaters, 2-3 in furnaces/boilers.

Otherhwise, your call on whether to pay $75-150 typically (more in a few very high-priced urban areas) for a plumber to come out and probably fix it at a reasonable cosst, but you do run the risk he will say you should just get a new heater. Typically a new gas controller, if that is the cause, runs in the $200-300 range total installed cost, so well on the way to the purchase price of a new heater - though of course installed cost more like $800-1000 range commonly. With a 10 year old heater you are probably near the replace rather than fix point unless it is just a thermocouple.

BTW - not hard to replace yourself - check out installation instructions with package or at manufacture website - just be sure to get right one.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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