• My Water Heater Pilot is Out

  • What Happened? My Water Heater Pilot is Out!

    Finding out your water heater pilot is out is probably the most common of all water heater problems, and why we usually get the most calls about water heater problems.

    So, what happened to your water heater?

    Problem: The water heater pilot light won't stay lit or goes out intermittently leaving you with cold or lukewarm water.

  • Solution: Remove the burner and replace the thermal couple or burner assembly.

    This is a $200 - $400 fix, but that's much better than paying to complete replace your water heater! Be sure to check out our coupons here.

    • The Coastal Rooter service fee to remove the burner and replace your thermal couple is $215. Price includes labor and parts.
    • The Coastal Rooter service fee to remove the burner and then replace your burner assembly with a new pilot light is $380. Price includes labor and parts as well.
  • About Your Water Heater Pilot

    The water heater thermal coupling is what generally decides if your water heater pilot light will stay on or not. It creates a small amount of electricity in millivolts that is sent to the gas control unit. As long as there's electricity, the gas control valve will stay open for the main burner to ignite and heater the water that passes through the water heater.

    The thermal couple has two functions:

    • Keeps the pilot light lit.
    • A safety feature in which the thermal couple monitors the gas control valve by letting it know that the flame is on so the main burner can be be turned on.
  • Contact Coastal Rooter to Repair Your Water Heater Pilot

    Coastal Rooter is available 24/7 to fix your water heater pilot light as well as any other water heater or plumbing issues in your home or business. So be sure to give us a call today at (760) 893-9152!