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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 05:46 pm
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Hello, I have a GE model GP40T06AVG00 water heater. For a while something was leaking although it was a small leak, so there wasn't a flood, just a bit of water on the floor of the small room it's in, which is only accessible from outside the house.

But yesterday I finally took a look at it, and the leak was from a hose at the top that had a crack. So I shut off the main water to the house, and turned a valve that I assumed was the gas.  My girlfriend went to Lowe's to get another hose, I put it where the other one was, and now the pilot won't turn despite several tries.

I followed the instructions on the label step by step, which are to turn the gas cock knob (yes, I giggled the first time I read what that thing was named) to the pilot position, push it down, and then push down the piezo igniter until I would see a flame through the tiny window.

I kept pushing the piezo igniter over and over but no flame. At one point I wasn't sure if the gas valve, the one at the pipe that goes to the heater, was open or closed, because it doesn't say there, but checking with someone who knows better I gathered that it's open when it's parallel to the pipe, correct?

This was last night, and this morning it's no different. I can't smell any gas, so I know there's no leak. What else can I try?

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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 06:12 pm
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Make sure you have the pilot knob lined up correctly with the indicator. When you push down on the red button you have to hold it down. It should fit inside the cutout on the pilot knob. Also if you can't see the spark then you are not looking in the right direction for the pilot. Is your insulation wet by the burner door?

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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 07:41 pm
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Ej wrote: Make sure you have the pilot knob lined up correctly with the indicator. When you push down on the red button you have to hold it down. It should fit inside the cutout on the pilot knob. Also if you can't see the spark then you are not looking in the right direction for the pilot. Is your insulation wet by the burner door?
Thanks for your reply. Are you talking about holding down the knob or the igniter? I keep the knob down for as long as I keep trying the piezo igniter, but the igniter doesn't do anything if it's held down. It's not the kind that sends multiple sparks for as long as it's held, it's the basic kind that produces a spark one time per push. So I keep the knob pushed down while on the pilot position, which is the only way it goes down, and then I keep pushing down the igniter button over and over, but nothing happens.

I don't think the insulation is wet.

Is it too risky to unscrew the door and try to light it myself with one of those igniters for kitchens?

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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 08:07 pm
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Yes it is to risky. Also you might damage the burner gaskets. Disconnect the ignitor wire where it plugs into the orange cable. Just pull them apart gently. Now hold the ignitor so the wire is about 1/8" away from any metal surface. When pressing the ignitor you should get a spark. Don't worry if the spark feeds back to your fingers. It doesn't hurt much. Probably just scare you :)

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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 08:30 pm
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Damn, I feel dumb. I just tried again and the pilot was working, it's just that I wasn't lowering my head all the way to the floor to see deep enough through the little window. I thought the flame was much closer. Thanks for your help anyway.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2012 08:16 pm
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Thanks sebaz, I told my husband about getting down to eye level and we drove up to the salon, (had just installed GE water heater and it wouldn't lite) and he laid on the floor and pushed the button. "I'm such an a**hole" he said about a second after pushing the button.

We would have never come up with this without your comment. Thanks again.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 13th, 2012 04:44 am
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Ej wrote:
Also if you can't see the spark then you are not looking in the right direction for the pilot.

Who said that :cool:

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