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Re: Nat Gas water heater valve question-pilot light

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Yes, the long story is this is an 03 model and I think one of the first "enclosed" styles. Called a "Flamelock". You could theoretically spill paint thinner on the floor next to it and the fine mesh vent would not allow the fumes in the fire box. The mesh also plugs with dust. I knocked out the glass porthole years ago to give it more air. At that time I found out the T-couple was $80 compared to $20 for RH thread. Now its 2013, and I found that the LH T-couiple is no longer made. and a lawsuit was involved. The remedy is a $100 retrofit of burner to RH. I'm not ready to spend $100 on a 10 yr old heater whose life expect. is 13 yrs. Its not the T-couple thats bad, its a weak small pilot flame. And for the others, as in my original post, I already cleaned the orifice.

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