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    Bad Gas Valve

    I am always leary of changing a gas valve out, especially when it requires pulling the fireplace to do so.


    Warnock-Hersey, the thermocouple is on the back of the dang valve so I didnt test mv, but it is enough to hold the pilot. Problem is when the gas valve knob is turned to On (rotated from pilot to on), it drops out. Gen is putting out 400-420 mv disconnected from system, about the same connected...

    I am thinking it has a bad gas valve, or am I missing something here?
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    Warnock-Hersey is a testing agency, not a fireplace mfg.

    If the pilot will hold, it is prob not the valve. I would guess the thermocouple is borderline. I don't think roating the valve knob changes anything that would cause the valve to suddenly close.

    What brand of valve is it?

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    Dirty/lazy pilot, is the pilot being pulled away from the thermocouple when main burner ignites? You need to clean it up and get thermocouple readings, I know some of those units can be a pain in the neck to access to install adapter for testing but be patient you'll eventually get it.

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    Are you talking about a thermopile generator ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk View Post
    Dirty/lazy pilot, is the pilot being pulled away from the thermocouple when main burner ignites? You need to clean it up and get thermocouple readings, I know some of those units can be a pain in the neck to access to install adapter for testing but be patient you'll eventually get it.


    The MAIN BURNER cannot ignite, the pilot instantly drop s out when the valve is turned from PILOT to ON.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTP99 View Post
    Are you talking about a thermopile generator ?

    yes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtp10181 View Post
    Warnock-Hersey is a testing agency, not a fireplace mfg.

    If the pilot will hold, it is prob not the valve. I would guess the thermocouple is borderline. I don't think roating the valve knob changes anything that would cause the valve to suddenly close.

    What brand of valve is it?


    It says Warnock-Hersey, maybe Im spelling it wrong but thats what it is..

    ... Dont have any model info as I am fairly certain that it isnt pertinent in this scenario? If the thermopile isnt putting off enough mv will it drop out the pilot when its turned to on? Seems odd...
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    Output should probably be between 650-750 mv. Not enough volts to open main valve coil. Can you back off setting to not call for gas when turning on ?

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    Warnock-Hersey is a testing agency like Underwriters Laboratories,UL that tests gas appliances. They are not a manufacturer.

    Does this unit have a thermocouple and a thermopile too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by logdoc_rob View Post
    Warnock-Hersey is a testing agency like Underwriters Laboratories,UL that tests gas appliances. They are not a manufacturer.

    Does this unit have a thermocouple and a thermopile too?


    Gotchya....

    both, pilot runs off thermocouple and gas valve off thermopile.
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    Does the pilot flame drop out instantly when you turn on the main burner, or does it get really small and then within a few seconds goes out completely? If that happens, then there is probably a pressure or volume problem within the gas valve or the gas line leading to the valve.

    If the pilot flame is not hitting the TC properly, you can have very low voltage going to the electromagnet in the safety pilot system within the gas valve. The electromagnet will have enough stregnth to barely hold the pilot valve open, and when you turn the main knob it jars the valve slightly causing it to release. You really need to test the TC voltage.
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    The pilot drops out the instant the knob is moved from pilot of on, as soon as it leaves the pilot position. That seems like a valve issue to me, but thats why I am asking. I mean the pilot holds fine, until the instant I move the control knob... I dont see a ton of fireplace work, thankfully, but in all that I have seen, even ones brand new, thermopiles never put out more than 500 mv, even the ones that say 750 max... My understanding is hat most valves need about 250 mv to actually hold the gas valve coil...
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    I should add this is the pilot control knob that you hold down for the pilot valve to open, it does stay on when the knob isnt depressed...
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