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It sounds like the thermostat in the gas control valve is faulty. The gas valve will probably need to be replaced. This is a moderately difficult project that should not be attempted unless you are sure of your ability since you will be dealing with gas connections
OK. The basic connections around the regulator looked easy enough. However, there is a primary connection of a steel pipe coming directly into the back of the regulator. Are there any diagrams on how this connects?
You just dismantle the existing connections remove the old valve then install the new one and reconnect everything
There should be a union on the gas line into the valve
You just back the union nut off
after turning off the gas first of course
So the regulator just unscrews form the pipe comming out of the tank?
no the gas valve is connected to the "pipe" that goes into the tank.
you turn the entire gas valve to get it out
It doesn't sound too bad. I was afraid that if I have someone come do it that the cost would start approaching the value of the water heater itself and it would just be as cheap to replace the whole unit.
usually takes the largest pair of channel lock pliers to get a bight
the gas valve cost ~$150+
I just checked and the searspartsdirect has it for $160.
if the heater is more than 7-8 years old it may not be worth fixing since the tank could leak at any time
I installed it in 2006.
Could be worth fixing. If the heater is over used it could last another 5 years
It was listed to have a 12 year warranty but I don't know if the warranty will help me.
I go tit from Lowes.
The part may still be under warranty BUT I have no idea how to deal with this kind of warranty issue since you got it from Lowes
I got it from lowes.
They just said to contact Sears.
be sure to leak test (use leak detector or dish detergent) all your joints
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