I can fix it! Maybe. The pilot on our Williams P321638 wall heater keeps going out. Sometimes as often as every minute. Can someone help me confirm the logic to my proposed approach?
Ok. Thanks for reading on.
My landlord is not a swell guy, so I'd prefer to just fix this myself, even if it costs me some dough. I've been reading stuff on the internet all morning, but I am not particularly handy.
Here's what I know:
1) It's a Williams P321638 wall heater.
2) I had PG&E come and check it out; the nice guy said it was clean, he adjusted the pilot even though he said it was fine. He said it had an "auto shut-off" in case the venting wasn't working right.
3) The pilot goes out sometimes when the heater is not on, and sometimes while it's on and the thermostat turns it off.
4) The heater looks in good shape, clean, not ancient.
I think this means that it's not the thermocoupler, and more likely a problem with the venting. I just went up on the roof and the vent has a cap more or less like this
4) I live in San Francisco, and it's been blustery lately.
So I was thinking I'd go down to the hardware store, and buy two things:
A carbon monoxide tester button, just to be safe
and one of those vent caps that spins in the wind.
Any one have any words of encouragement/discouragement for me?
Any other ideas?
Or am I being a dope and should I just call a repair-person (or make the landlord do it...).