Gas Water Heater - Pilot button dosen't pop back up.

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by mbethers@comcast.net, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. Guest

    My gas water heater started leaking out of the pressure releif valve.
    I replaced the valve, in the process of trying to relight the water
    heater, it will now not light. The pilot button sticks down and you
    have to pull it up to get it to come back up. The manual says call the
    gas company when this happens, which I will do.. But does anyone know
    what causes this?

    Thanks,
    Mike
    , Nov 12, 2006
    #1
  2. Guest

    HeyBub wrote:
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > My gas water heater started leaking out of the pressure releif valve.
    > > I replaced the valve, in the process of trying to relight the water
    > > heater, it will now not light. The pilot button sticks down and you
    > > have to pull it up to get it to come back up. The manual says call the
    > > gas company when this happens, which I will do.. But does anyone know
    > > what causes this?

    >
    > The gas company has no knowledge or ability to fix your water heater.
    > They'll just shut off your gas.
    >
    > Call the manufacturer.



    If what you're saying is the valve button stays depressed in the
    position where it provides gas to the pilot to light it, then it sounds
    like a problem with the valve assembly. Depending on your skill
    level, replacements are available and you can replace the whole thing
    for a lot less than a service call.
    , Nov 12, 2006
    #2
  3. Guest

    wrote:
    > HeyBub wrote:
    > > <> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > > > My gas water heater started leaking out of the pressure releif valve.
    > > > I replaced the valve, in the process of trying to relight the water
    > > > heater, it will now not light. The pilot button sticks down and you
    > > > have to pull it up to get it to come back up. The manual says call the
    > > > gas company when this happens, which I will do.. But does anyone know
    > > > what causes this?

    > >
    > > The gas company has no knowledge or ability to fix your water heater.
    > > They'll just shut off your gas.
    > >
    > > Call the manufacturer.

    >
    >
    > If what you're saying is the valve button stays depressed in the
    > position where it provides gas to the pilot to light it, then it sounds
    > like a problem with the valve assembly. Depending on your skill
    > level, replacements are available and you can replace the whole thing
    > for a lot less than a service call.


    Another thought. What kind of problem was there with the relief valve?
    Was this just a tiny drip, that got worse over time, or a sudden
    bigger one? Reason I ask is if it opened due to over temp, there is
    another final over temp cuttoff in the gas valve itself. And once that
    goes, the valve is kaput. I don't know how it behaves after that, but
    perhaps the symptom you are seeing is it?
    , Nov 12, 2006
    #3
  4. Guest

    control valve bad:( its replaceable but if the tank is more than a
    couple years old your better off just replacing the tank, control
    valves are expensive and tank may leak later after valve replacement.

    time for a new tank and its likely the tank overheated and the
    thermostat failed first.

    tanks are cheap parts are expensive
    , Nov 12, 2006
    #4
  5. Guest

    control valve bad:( its replaceable but if the tank is more than a
    couple years old your better off just replacing the tank, control
    valves are expensive and tank may leak later after valve replacement.

    time for a new tank and its likely the tank overheated and the
    thermostat failed first.

    tanks are cheap parts are expensive
    , Nov 12, 2006
    #5

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