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Posted by Bill on March 01, 2004 at 19:16:35:
In Reply to: Re: Don't assume liability by doing fix-it. posted by Ridge Kennedy on January 18, 2004 at 07:31:03:
My background is more electrical than steam, but I have a suggestion based on history. In western Canada, some years ago, during an extended, extreme cold spell, the gas utilities, and customers experienced severe problems with low pressure in the supply mains, caused by the heavy gas usage. The pressure would drop until the pilot light was too small to properly heat the therme-couple. Servicemen were putting in 16 hour days, going from house to house, relighting pilot lights.
Suggestions; Possibly to be passed on to a qualified service man.
1 Pilot light, clean and adjust for maximum flame.
2 Thermo-couple, position so that it is well heated by a small pilot light.
3 Pressure regulator, consider checking output pressure, and possibly replacing with a new regulator.
If your problem is low supply pressure, and the weather has improved, you probably don't have any more problems.
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