Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fixing the Water Heater Thermocouple

I am insecure about my mechanical skills, so I'm often excited to work on fixing something broken around the house or on a vehicle. Well, my hot water went out Monday or Tuesday and four attempts to relight the pilot light were for naught. A couple websites suggested that the thermocouple is often quick to break and try replacing it first. So I went to Lowes and bought the only one they had, which was only $8. It was so easy, unscrew the old one, pull it out of where the pilot flame goes, put the new one in the pilot flame, and then screw it in, and relight it. It lit up the first time.

Looking into the furnace with the new copper thermocouple. The pilot light was lit, but didn't show up in the picture, interesting.

Pretty awesome. Old home: 0 Isaiah: 1

The broken thermocouple all chared and rusted.

8 comments:

  1. That is really interesting that the pilot light didn't show up in the picture. My husband and I moved into an older home about 2 years ago that has a really old water heater. I'm pretty sure that the thermocouple has gone out finally. Thank you so much for these tips on how to replace it. It will save us so much money. http://www.fredsplumbing.ca/fireplaces_and_furnaces.html

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  2. My water heater has broken down a lot lately. How long should a good water heater last? I'd say that I have had cold shower water at least once a week for about a month and a half.

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  3. Really thrilling that the pilot mild failed to show up within the image. My husband and that i moved into an older domestic approximately 2 years in the past that has a virtually old water heater. I am pretty sure that the thermocouple has gone out subsequently. Thank you so much for those pointers on how to update it. It's going to save us a lot cash.
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