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How to light pilot light A. O. Smith Promax model # gcv 50 200?

Lighting the pilot light on an A. O. Smith ProMax Model GCV 50 200 water heater is a relatively simple process, but it should be done carefully to ensure safety. Here are the steps to light the pilot light:

1. Gather Your Tools and Materials:
Before you begin, make sure you have the following items ready:
* A long lighter or a fireplace match (to avoid reaching into the burner compartment with your hand)
* Flashlight (for better visibility)
* Gas valve control knob (located on the water heater)
* Access to the water heater (remove any covers or panels if necessary)
2. Turn Off the Gas Supply:
Locate the gas supply valve on the gas line leading to your water heater. The valve may be located near the water heater or in a more central location, such as the main gas supply line. Turn the valve to the "OFF" position to shut off the gas supply to the water heater.
3. Allow Gas to Disperse:
Wait for a few minutes to allow any residual gas in the burner compartment to disperse. This is crucial for safety to avoid potential gas buildup.
4. Remove the Access Panel:
Depending on your specific model, you may need to remove an access panel to access the pilot light area. Use a screwdriver or the appropriate tool to remove any screws or fasteners holding the panel in place.
5. Locate the Pilot Light Area:
Once you have access to the burner compartment, locate the pilot light area. You should see a small burner assembly with a pilot light tube leading to it.
6. Set the Gas Valve to "Pilot":
Locate the gas control valve on the water heater. It's typically located near the bottom of the unit. Turn the gas valve knob to the "PILOT" position. This position is usually marked clearly on the control knob.
7. Depress the Pilot Control Knob:
Press and hold down the pilot control knob while doing the next step.
8. Ignite the Pilot Light:
While continuing to depress the control knob, use your long lighter or fireplace match to ignite the pilot light. Insert the flame near the pilot burner assembly and keep the control knob depressed until the pilot stays lit. This may take a few moments, so be patient.
9. Continue Holding the Control Knob:
Once the pilot light is lit, continue to hold down the control knob for about 30 seconds to allow the thermocouple to heat up. The thermocouple is a safety device that senses the presence of the pilot flame.
10. Release the Control Knob:
After holding the control knob for about 30 seconds, release it. The pilot light should continue to burn steadily. If it goes out when you release the knob, repeat the process, making sure to hold it down long enough for the thermocouple to heat properly.
11. Set the Gas Valve to "On":
If the pilot light remains lit after releasing the control knob, turn the gas valve knob to the "ON" position.
12. Replace the Access Panel:
If you removed an access panel, reattach it securely with the screws or fasteners you removed earlier.
13. Turn On the Gas Supply:
Return to the gas supply valve that you turned off in step 2. Turn it back to the "ON" position to restore gas flow to the water heater.
14. Check for Leaks:
Use a solution of soapy water and a brush or sponge to check for gas leaks around the gas connections and fittings. If you see any bubbles forming, there may be a leak. In that case, turn off the gas supply immediately and contact a professional for repairs.
15. Verify Proper Operation:
Make sure the water heater is functioning correctly. It should start heating water as needed. If you encounter any issues, consult the manufacturer's manual or contact a professional plumber or technician for assistance.
Safety Precautions:
* Always exercise caution when working with gas appliances.
* If the pilot light goes out repeatedly or won't stay lit, there may be an underlying problem that requires professional attention.
* Never use an open flame or any flammable materials to check for gas leaks. Use a solution of soapy water instead.
* If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak at any point during this process, immediately turn off the gas supply, ventilate the area, and contact your gas utility provider or a professional plumber for assistance.

Following these steps should help you safely light the pilot light on your A. O. Smith ProMax Model GCV 50 200 water heater and ensure that it operates correctly. However, always refer to your water heater's specific manual for model-specific instructions and safety guidelines, as some details may vary. If you are uncomfortable with any part of this process, it's best to seek the assistance of a professional plumber or technician.

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