Problems Lighting My New Gas Water Heater

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The first thing you want to do when trying to fix your new gas water heater is remove the burner assembly area. Learn about problems that you may encounter when lighting your new gas water heater with help from a plumbing, heating and cooling specialist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Tom Hutchinson from Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. I'm here today to talk to you about lighting your gas hot water heater. First thing you want to do is remove the access doors to the burner assembly area. You have an outer door and an inner door. Slide the inner door aside. Hot water heaters have various gas valves and they have different styles. Some have a separate button for the pilot assembly, some have an integral assembly button for the pilot assembly. And on the hot water heater when you're going to light the hot water heater, you want to turn the switch to the pilot signal, push the button down and hold the button for approximately one minute. Make sure that the gas is transferring from the gas valve down inside to the pilot assembly. Once you have the button pressed for one minute, take a set of household matches and light the match, place it inside the burner compartment until the flame ignites around the burner assembly and you want to hold that in place again for approximately a minute then release it. Go here, the gas at the burner and then you turn the switch to the on mode and the hot water heater is operating. Once you have moved the setting to the on position, then you can adjust your temperature to the desired temperature that you want to have in your home and in about 45 minutes to an hour an average 40 to 50 gallon water heater will have plenty of hot water. Slide the inner chamber door closed, replace the outer door assembly back on and enjoy the hot water in your home. Again, I'm Tom Hutchinson from Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, thanks for watching.


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