Water heater repairs can be difficult and costly. This article will provide tips on the steps to ensure that the pilot light is on in the event your heater cuts out.

One of the most important things to do is conduct an eye-to-eye inspection inside the tank, looking for obvious signs of a leak. Also, you can examine for the status indicator.

Get rid of the plastic panel covering both the door to the burner and the sight glass, and check through the sight glass to determine whether the flame is lit. After that, conduct a thermopile testing to find out if the thermopile needs replacement.

If it’s a pilot light issue, look at other gas sources such as a stove for confirmation the gas supply is not blocked from the pilot light. Check to make sure the gas valve for the appliance is switched on. Then, turn on the ignition, then turn up the flame. The gas knob should be kept low to ensure the pilot remains lit.

When checking the status lights ensure that the status lights flash once every three seconds is normal. Two flashes indicate a weak thermal pile and any more flashes suggest an issue with the gas valve. It will have to be repaired or replaced.

I hope these guidelines will give you a head start to take the right steps. To learn more, click on the link to the video above.