- 1 Can I replace a thermocouple myself?
- 2 Do you have to drain the water heater to change the thermocouple?
- 3 How do you know if you have a bad thermocouple?
- 4 How much does it cost to replace a thermocouple on a gas water heater?
- 5 How much should a plumber charge to replace a thermocouple?
- 6 What causes a thermocouple to go bad?
- 7 Can you clean a thermocouple?
- 8 Can you clean a thermocouple on a water heater?
- 9 How long do thermocouples last?
- 10 Will a pilot stay lit with a bad thermocouple?
- 11 How do I know if my gas water heater thermostat is bad?
- 12 What is the lifespan of a water heater?
Can I replace a thermocouple myself?
It’s easy to replace and a new one costs $5 to $10. Rather than trying to unfasten the thermocouple inside the water heater’s burning chamber, it’s easier to remove the whole burner and thermocouple assembly. Then unfasten the three nuts that hold the thermocouple and the two gas tubes to the valve.
Do you have to drain the water heater to change the thermocouple?
Removing and replacing a gas valve requires you to completely drain the water heater, turn off the gas control valve, turn off the gas and water supply. But that’s just the first step.
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.
How much does it cost to replace a thermocouple on a gas water heater?
Thermocouple – $20 to $150 The thermocouple is an apparatus that senses whether the pilot light is lit and triggers the gas control valve. Repairs typically cost about $150 to have it done professionally, though a new thermocouple itself only costs about $20 on average.
How much should a plumber charge to replace a thermocouple?
Thermocouple Replacement Cost 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.
What causes a thermocouple to go bad?
Changes in temperature can cause regular expansion and contraction in metal, which will cause thermocouples to weaken over time. After enough time, metal fatigue can cause a thermocouple to break. If thermocouples start to give out unusual readings, it may be suffering from metal fatigue.
Can you clean a thermocouple?
The best way to clean your thermocouple is to use either a piece of steel wool or the coarse side of a sponge to gently clean off any soot or other remnants. You can use a pencil eraser to clean between the threads of the screw that connects the thermocouple to the control valve of your system.
Can you clean a thermocouple on a water heater?
Cleaning the thermocouple You can use Emery cloth sandpaper to gently clean any debris or build-up from the end of the thermocouple. If present, you should also clean off any corrosion where the power wire connects to the thermocouple terminal.
How long do thermocouples last?
All things considered, the question remains, “How long should my thermocouple last?” The answer to that question is that it depends on the application. In an ideal environment, that length of time can be indefinite.
Will a pilot stay lit with a bad thermocouple?
What is a Thermocouple? A thermocouple senses the heat of the pilot and allows gas to flow to the burner. A bad thermocouple will shut off gas to both the pilot and the burner so the pilot light won’t stay lit.
How do I know if my gas water heater thermostat is bad?
If you turn the hot water tap and cold water runs out, then the upper thermostat is damaged. But if the water is hot that becomes later becomes cold, then you have a damaged lower thermostat.
What is the lifespan of a water heater?
Based on the manufacturer’s suggested service life, the life expectancy of a water heater is about eight to 12 years. That varies with the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule and water quality.