GE SmartWater SmartShield PG50T090AVH00 Pilot
Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:17 AM
It is installed in the attic.
A few days ago, we had a bad storm and the pilot went out. (Don't know if it is related, but I have heard of high winds causing a vacuum and putting the pilot out). I went up into the attic and the pilot re-lit with that piezo-electric starter thingy. The water heated fine, but after the cycle, the pilot went back out.
I have repeated the process at least five times now -- and I can get the main burner lit each time -- but when it goes out, the pilot goes out also.
Based on the my research, I'm thinking its probably the pilot valve assembly. I assume that if the thermocouple was bad, it would shutdown the main burner also?
How difficult a job is it to replace the valve assembly (or whatever needs replacing)? I'm fairly handy, but have not worked much with gas appliances.
Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:29 AM
is the Pilot Flame large enough to fully surround the Thermocouple nicely ?
(dirty Orifice) ?
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:06 AM
Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:31 PM
I called the "help" line and they suggested I check the air flow -- blocked air intake at the bottom of the heater and plugged stack. Air flow appears to be fine. As a matter of fact, when I checked it the main burner was still lit and I could feel the hot (really hot - ouch) discharge gas leaving the top of the heater into the stack.
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