03:23AM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 02/05/04
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My pilot light on my water heater has gone out twice in the last week. This is not the first time this has happened. I believe it also happened last year during the winter as well. I've been doing some research on the internet and believe the problem may involve the spill switch and proper ventilation. Can anyone explain to me what the spill switch is for and what ventilation may have to do with it?

erik peterson

04:18AM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 06/23/03
224 lifetime posts
simply change the thermocouple......erik

plumber Tom

12:02PM | 02/07/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
A spill switch is commonly connected to the draft hood of a boiler. It's function is to close the gas valve if it detects a blockage or flue gasses that are spilling out. Check your chimney for proper draft. A lit match should pull the flame in. Check the cleanout at the base, it may be filled with dirt and debris. Post back and let us know if you solved your problem.


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