If you have a gas hot water cylinder in your home, sometimes you may have to shut the gas off or the pilot flame may extinguish which will require you to re-ignite your gas hot water. Here are the “dos and don’ts” before you apply ignition, taken from instructions supplied with gas cylinders.
Gas water heaters are designed to operate reliably and safely as long as the operating instructions are followed exactly. You must comply with these lighting instructions at every stage.
A. The water heater is equipped with an igniter button which lights the pilot. When lighting the pilot follow these instructions exactly.
B. Before lighting ensure there is no smell of gas around or in the vicinity of the water heater and the burner opening. Be sure to smell next to ground level as some gases can settle there
C. WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS
- Do not try to light the water heater
- If the gas small is throughout the room, turn the gas control knob clockwise to the “●” (off) position and then turn off the ignition valve on the gas line to the water heater.
- Leave the room and call Rheem Service or a qualified service technician.
D. Use only your hand to turn the gas control knob, never use tools. If the control knob will not turn by hand, don’t try to repair it, call a qualified service technician. Force or attempted repair may cause a fire or explosion.
E. Do not attempt to operate this water heater if it has been damaged. Call a qualified service technician.
- STOP, READ THE SAFETY INFORMATION ABOVE.
- TURN THE GAS CONTROL KNOB FULLY CLOCKWISE TO THE “●” (OFF) POSITION. REMOVE THE FRONT COVER BELOW THE GAS CONTROL.
- WAIT FIVE (5) MINUTES SO ANY BUILD UP OF UNBURNT GAS CAN ESCAPE. IF YOU THEN SMELL GAS, STOP AND FOLLOW THE “C” IN THE SAFETY INFORMATION. IF YOU DO NOT SMELL GAS, PROCEED TO STEP 4.
- Turn the knob to the (pilot) position.
- Depress the knob fully (until star disappears below housing) and after 30 seconds, whist keeping the knob depressed, repeatedly press the igniter button(for up to 40 seconds ) until the pilot light ignites.
Warning: Keep your face clear of the combustion chamber opening while pressing the lighter.
Note: It is not possible to depress the knob fully if the gas control has activated as safety shut-off feature. In this case, wait 60 seconds for the gas control to reset.
- Keep the knob depressed for 20 seconds after the pilot flame lights.
- Release the knob and check the pilot is still alight. The pilot can be checked by looking through the large opening below the gas control.
- If the pilot light has failed to light or has not remained alight, turn the gas control knob to the “” (off) position. Wait five (5) minutes for any unburnt gas to escape and then begin again at step 3.
Warning: Failure to wait five (5) minutes may result in a fire or explosion.
- When the pilot flame remains alight with the gas control knob released, turn the knob anticlockwise to the numbered setting that will provide the water temperature of about 60°C. Refer to the rating label for this setting. Refit the front cover securely.
- Turn the knob to a higher number for a high water temperature if required.
- If the main burner does not light at the selected setting, the water may already be at the selected temperature.
Note: Never press the igniter button while the top knob is in a numbered position.
TO TURN OFF GAS APPLIANCE
- TURN THE GAS CONTROL KNOB TO THE “●” (OFF) POSITION.
- TURN OFF GAS ISOLATION VALVE
To maintain safety and efficiency, this heater should be serviced annually by an authorized service agent.
Following these instructions will ensure that you operate your gas hot water cylinder safely and any risk is minimised. If you need assistance or are unsure how to do these steps, call us on 0800 429 546 before doing anything to your cylinder.