Whirlpool Water Heater Pilot Not Lighting


Old 09-07-19, 10:32 AM
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Question Whirlpool Water Heater Pilot Not Lighting

I discovered this morning that the pilot light is out on my Whirlpool gas water heater. (Model: FG1J5040T3NV) The pilot won't light, and the red reset button doesn't pop back up after it's been depressed.

Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?
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Old 09-07-19, 12:12 PM
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It would appear that the line of Whirlpool heaters manufactured by American Water Heaters and sold at Lowes has some problems. There are many pages of complaints. It appears that the thermocouples don't last long and burn out. I left you a link illustrating the replacement and cleaning the burner area to reduce future problems.

Replacing thermocouple/cleaning burner (pdf)

Whirlpool water heater problems.
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you can also try to clear the vents on the very bottom of the heater. I use a swifter style duster to do this. If those vents are dusty, the pilot will not light.
Old 09-12-19, 09:08 AM
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Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?

Lowes stopped selling Whirlpool water heaters a couple years ago due to so many many complaints and problems with them. Don't spend too much time or money on the old dog before just replacing it. If the manufacturer will send you free parts and it isn't too much of an inconvenience waiting on them it might be worth giving repair a shot, but think strongly about cutting your losses on this one.
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