How badly did I screw up my hot water heater?
October 1, 2013 11:41 AM Subscribe
My gas hot water heater's pilot light has been going out regularly. I replaced the thermocouple in an effort to solve the problem, but I seem to have botched it: Not only does the pilot light still go out after the tank is heated, but now the gas continues to flow after the pilot goes out
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl to home & garden (6 answers total)
Don't panic. After smelling gas in the house, I shut off gas to the heater and called a professional to bail me out. He'll be here in a few days, and in the meantime I will suffer the penance of cold water. But I'm curious: How did I screw up a thermocouple installation in a way that the gas continues to run when the pilot goes out?
If it matters, this is a "new style" water heater with a piezoelectric igniter.