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asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st April, 2020

How do I replace the thermocouple on a Whirlpool water heater?

How to Replace the Thermocouple on a Whirlpool Water Heater
  1. Turn off the gas at the manual shut-off valve that supplies the gas to control valve/thermostat by turning it clockwise.
  2. Remove the outer door from the bottom of the water heater by grasping the door with your hands, and pulling the metal tabs attached to the outer door from the slots on the body of the water heater.

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Beside this, how do I change the thermocouple in my water heater?

How to Replace a Water Heater's Thermocouple

  1. Turn off the gas supply.
  2. Unfasten the three nuts that hold the thermocouple and the two gas tubes to the valve.
  3. Detach the thermocouple from the burner.
  4. Install the new one the same way that you removed the old one.
  5. Turn the gas back on and follow the lighting instructions on the water heater.

Likewise, are water heater thermocouples universal? Universal Thermocouples. Universal thermocouples, as the name implies work on most water heaters. They are available online and in home supply stores for a reasonable cost. The length and the thread type are the two concerns when purchasing one.

One may also ask, how much does it cost to replace a thermocouple on a water heater?

Thermocouple Replacement - $20-$150 Calling a professional plumber to install a new thermocouple should only be up to $150. If you do the work yourself, you will only pay the price of the part which is about $20.

How do you know if you have a bad thermocouple?

If you can't get the flame to light at all, and you're sure the gas is on, there's probably an obstruction in the pilot tube. If the flame lights and goes out when you release the gas control knob after holding it in for the recommended 20 to 30 seconds, that's the sign of a thermocouple malfunction.

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