Posted 25 December 2009 - 07:46 AM
So we wake up Christmas Eve to find that we have no hot water. I checked water heater and the pilot was out. I immediately thought it was a bad thermocouple but decided to try to re-light the pilot, which to my amazement lit immediately and stayed lit. So I thought all was fine but when I turned the thermostat back to it's normal position, the burner ignited then went out in a matter 5 seconds or so. I tried to re-light the pilot but it wouldn't light until I waited an hour or so. Also, this unit has a sealed chamber and it states the gasket must be replaced if the cover is removed. First, what could the culprit be and second, is it necesary to replace the gasket if I remove the plate? Merry Christmas to all and thanks in advance to all of you and your infinite wisdom.