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    i have a maytag water heater that won't light. i pressed the igniter in accordance with the instructions but i saw no spark. are these replaceable or fixable? . i bought it about 2 months ago for another house that i am moving to and just now hooking it up. appreciate any advice and thank you.

  • #2
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    They are replaceable. Please hire a licensed person to work on gas appliances though, they are not for DIYers.
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    • #3
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      It is possible the maytag clicker is not grounded to the gas valve, so it is not clicking a spark. chances are there is nothing wrong with it.
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      Robert

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      • #4
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        I have seen many times where the end of the rod is not close enough to the pilot tube to make a spark. I'm willing to bet if you remove the burner assembly and bend the rod slightly so that the distance between the two is no more then 1/4" your problem will be solved.
        Distractions are everywhere, don't lose sight of your dream.

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        • #5
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          Isn't there a recall out on these? Is it these or the whirpool that has the thermocouple problem?
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Devine Plumbing View Post
            I have seen many times where the end of the rod is not close enough to the pilot tube to make a spark. I'm willing to bet if you remove the burner assembly and bend the rod slightly so that the distance between the two is no more then 1/4" your problem will be solved.

            This is very true, I have had this on new installations.
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
              Isn't there a recall out on these? Is it these or the whirpool that has the thermocouple problem?

              its Whirlpool.......class action suit
              The Other Rick

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              • #8
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                this is a new heater, correct. never been used?

                is it that you can't get it to light, or is there no spark?

                first off, i would bleed the gas at the flex connector to the heaters valve. it's possible you have just air in the line and no pilot gas yet

                the bradford i had an issue with 2 weeks ago had a bad igniter wire too. the insulation inside was melted off.

                i was able to relite by removing the 4 screws to get it started and then replaced the heater when i returned from my trip.

                rick.
                phoebe it is

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                • #9
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                  i got hot water! i finally got the pilot to come on. turns out i wasn't holding the pilot knob down long enough for the gas to start going to the burner. i would put the control in pilot, push the button down, then start activating the igniter very quickly, but releasing the pilot after a few seconds. turns out that was much too quickly. anyway thanks to all, now i have to take a hot shower!

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                  • #10
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                    HAHA! I thought you couldn't see the spark? It turns out you just didn't follow directions!
                    I'm glad you figured it out.
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                      Originally posted by halfpint View Post
                      i got hot water! i finally got the pilot to come on. turns out i wasn't holding the pilot knob down long enough for the gas to start going to the burner. i would put the control in pilot, push the button down, then start activating the igniter very quickly, but releasing the pilot after a few seconds. turns out that was much too quickly. anyway thanks to all, now i have to take a hot shower!
                      Always makes you wonder though. Click, click, click, click, da%@+!!! Glad you got it!

                      J.C.

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                      • #12
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                        hold down atleast 10 seconds on a thermocouple, and 30 seconds on a PG9, gotta get those millivolts ticking.
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
                          HAHA! I thought you couldn't see the spark? It turns out you just didn't follow directions!
                          I'm glad you figured it out.

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                            Originally posted by rick1643 View Post
                            its Whirlpool.......class action suit
                            Flame lock.
                            Interesting observation...American W/H's have probably been paying dearly for that in puiblic relations...they are selling for substantially less than any other heater in my area at plumbing supplies.
                            I was poking around my local gas co website this week and saw an ad for water heater installs.
                            They are offering a real good deal on...you guessed it...American water heater installations.

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