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How do you manually light a Whirlpool water heater?

Last Updated: 27th June, 2020

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Make sure the gas supply valve is turned ON.
When lighting the pilot, make sure the knob on the gas control valve is fully pushed in. Keep the knob pushed in while repeatedly clicking the spark igniter button. Hold the knob in and click the igniter button repeatedly for 90 seconds.

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Beside this, how do you light a water heater manually?

Illuminate the pilot burner with the flashlight. Turn the gas regulator valve's knob to “Pilot,” press down on it and hold it down. This starts the flow of gas to the pilot burner. On some water heater models, you press and hold down a separate red button to start the pilot burner gas flow.

Likewise, is it dangerous if the pilot light goes out on water heater? A device called a thermocouple is heated by the pilot light flame. As long as the thermocouple remains hot, gas is supplied to the pilot light. If the pilot light goes out, the gas is shut off and there is no danger of gas accumulating because the pilot light is out.

Similarly, how do I know if the pilot light is out on my water heater?

The pilot gas line is a small metal tube below the burner assembly and distinctive by the slight upturn at the end. It will be apparent, if the pilot is lit, by the small blue flame burning at the end. If you do not see a small blue flame burning, the pilot light is out.

How do I reset my water heater?

Part 2 Pressing the Reset Button

  1. Locate the red reset button. There should be a red button in the center of the control panel.
  2. Press the button firmly. The reset button can sometimes be sticky, especially if you haven't reset the heater in a while.
  3. Wait to hear the button click.

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Monty Calabres

Professional

Why is my water heater not working?

A water heater that produces no hot water may not be getting power, or it may have a tripped limit switch or one or more failed heating elements. First, check the water heater's circuit breaker in the service panel to make sure it hasn't tripped. If the breaker has tripped, switch it off, then switch it back on again.

Alyosha Gellida

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Why do water heater pilot lights go out?

Some of the most common reasons that water heater pilot lights go out include: A faulty thermocouple. Over time, thermocouples can begin to malfunction and shut off the gas supply to the pilot light even if it's burning properly. A bent or dirty thermocouple.

Darron Amela

Explainer

Can I light my water heater with a match?

Light the pilot burner.
If you have an old style heater, apply your wand lighter/match to the pilot burner. Because you will be using one hand to depress the valve/red button and one hand to light the pilot, you may need someone to hold a flashlight for you if extra light is needed.

Melissia Hellenthal

Pundit

What does a thermocouple look like?

The thermocouple looks like a piece of metal tubing smaller than a soda straw. To find it, first locate the gas control box. This is the box that the main gas line enters, where you turn the gas on in the furnace. The other end of the thermocouple sits in the flame of the pilot light.

Mee Ponnada

Pundit

Do I need to turn gas off if pilot light goes out?

This system will allow a small amount of gas to leak through the pilot tubing. If the pilot light is out, the gas must be shut off at the appliance isolation valve, normally located in close proximity to the appliance. Then you can follow the manufacturer's instructions to relight the pilot.

Imtiaz Ebro

Pundit

Do I need to turn off hot water heater if I turn off water?

If the element gets turned on without water surrounding it, it gets too hot and burns up. In rare circumstances, you could also get a buildup of dangerous pressure if the relief valve were to fail. So, yes, please turn off your water heater when you turn off your water main.

Asima Wienandts

Pundit

What does flashing red light on water heater mean?

A solid red status light means the water heater is shutting down. Turn the gas control valve OFF and wait 10 minutes before attempting to relight the pilot. Remember, 1 flash every 3 seconds means the pilot is lit and the gas valve is operating normally.

Maty Hitro

Teacher

How much does it cost to replace a thermocouple on a water heater?

Thermocouple Replacement - $20-$150
Calling a professional plumber to install a new thermocouple should only be up to $150. If you do the work yourself, you will only pay the price of the part which is about $20.

Myrl Morejon

Teacher

What happens when a water heater goes out?

POP! Same thing happens to water heaters. If too much pressure builds in the tank, it will eventually spring a leak and burst. Also, if the T&P valve goes bad/starts leaking (which it will eventually), then pressure will continue to build in the tank, leading to a burst or explosion.

Abubakar Ikaroz

Teacher

Why won't the pilot light come on?

When the water heater pilot light goes out, first try relighting it, following the directions on the water heater label. If the pilot doesn't relight, if it goes out right after lighting or if the pilot light keeps going out by far the most common cause is a bad thermocouple.

Abdourahmane Steinlen

Reviewer

Can a pilot light cause carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced during burning fuel. It doesn't leak from a pilot light that's gone out, but if the light keeps going out even after you relight the pilot, it can indicate that you have other problems.

Alisa Huzsmann

Reviewer

Do all water heaters have a reset button?

The water heater reset button is the red button located on the water heater itself (just above the thermostat). Some water heaters may have two reset buttons-one for each thermostat. To access the reset button, you may have to remove the metal plate covering the thermostat that's held in place by screws.

Arpad Lepoeder

Reviewer

How do I reset my heater?

Turn the power back on and then the main gas supply. Locate the reset button. It is labeled, sometimes in red. Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds.

Aniel Soumitra

Supporter

What trips the reset button on a hot water heater?

The reset button: a red button located on the water heater itself (just above the thermostat) that trips when the water temperature exceeds 180 F. The reset button is sometimes referred to as the “ECO” (emergency cut off) or “high limit switch”.

Eldar Fordham

Supporter

How do I reset my thermostat?

Here are the steps you need to take to reset your AC thermostat.
  1. Shut Down Your AC at the Thermostat. The first step in resetting your AC thermostat is to turn it off at the AC unit.
  2. Find Your Circuit Breaker Box.
  3. Reset the Circuit Breaker for Your AC Unit.
  4. Wait 30 Seconds.
  5. Turn the AC Thermostat Back On.

Anders Gassiy

Beginner

Why does my pilot light go out when I release the pilot light knob?

The most likely of those is that the thermocouple needs to be replaced. The button you press to light the pilot bypasses the thermocouple. When you release the button, the thermocouple ensures that unburned gas doesn't get released by shutting off the gas when it's not heated by the burning pilot light.

Nelly Wessendarp

Beginner

Can you clean a thermocouple?

If the Thermocouple is faulty it will cause the unit to shut down. How to clean? Remove Thermocouple from pilot assembly, using steel wool or emery cloth to lightly clean the tip removing any soot or build up that might have accorded due to an improper pilot flame.

Cosmina Verdugo

Beginner

What happens if a water heater gets wet?

Ordinary electric water heater that got wet is probably OK.
Do not touch water heater that is wet or was wet. If insulation is VERY wet it must dry out before service is resumed otherwise trapped moisture creates problems such as corroded electrical connections at thermostats and elements.