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Bradford white water heater. Pilot lights but the burner won't ignite. I pulled the unit out, cleaned it and reinstalled. It lit and it worked fine for a day. It seems to be an intermittent problem. I keep hearing a buzzing sound from the electronic ignition control. Ideas?

Contractor's Assistant: Did you double-check the thermostat? And what about the unit's filters?

I adjusted the thermostat. It's a 1994 unit so I don't think it has any

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

It's a model MITW40L5LN10

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Plumbing
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Plumber: Rick, Construction Supervisor replied 11 months ago
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Sounds like either a bad igintion control or (less likely a flame sensor issue). Since you cleaned the burner I assume you also cleaned the pilot burner and electrode. Given that the heater has lasted twice as long as expected/typical I wouldn't put any money into it since the tank could leak at any time

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