Whirpool Flame Lock Gas Water Heater Troubleshooting Tip
Flame Lock Water Heater
Flame Lock Troubleshooting Tip:
I purchased a Whirlpool Flame Lock Water Heater a couple of years ago, and soon after I bought it - the ignition circuit for the burner died. Called Whirlpool and they sent me a new flame lock igniter assembly (minus about $35 S&H).
The new part worked for a little while, but the burner frequently started back going out. My electronics background helped me to troubleshoot my problem down to a defective roll-out switch. Called Whirlpool, they me a lengthy procedure that was basically just press the little white button on the roll-out switch back in...
I found that I would frequently have to press the roll-out switch reset button back in until it stop working finally. As a result, tried jumpering the 2 leads on the roll-out switch. What you know??? IT WORKED AS ADVERTISED!! Jumpering the roll-out switch should help you isolate if it is the problem or not (for testing purpose only). This is not a post to encourage you to by-pass your water heater's safety interlocks, but merely a tip to help you troubleshoot a potential problem. This can especially be useful if your water heater dies in the cold weather season like mine did. Hope this tip blesses you and your family.
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