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    i have a unitrol gas valve on my water heater and it keeps going out. i used to have to relight it once a day but now the pilot lights but the burner wont. pge told me it was the control. anyone have any suggestions

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    I have a suggestion. Since you know nothing about the problem, rather than risking disaster messing with gas, call a service person who has the knowledge, experience, and test equipment to diagnose and safely repair your heater.

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    It could be either the gas valve or, the thermocouple. Then again if it is a newer FVIR model some other factors come into play.

    I think Gary is right, and calling for service is a good idea...

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    IF the pilot lights but the main burner does not, and you are doing everything else correctly, then the control is bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagged_02 View Post
    i have a unitrol gas valve on my water heater and it keeps going out. i used to have to relight it once a day but now the pilot lights but the burner wont. pge told me it was the control. anyone have any suggestions
    Post a schematic if you can get one. Do you have a multimeter? A thermopile is easier to check than a thermocouple.

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