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How to reset gas supply on Whirlpool model #BFG1H4040T3NOV gas hot water heater?

Resetting the gas supply on a Whirlpool gas hot water heater, model #BFG1H4040T3NOV, is a process that may be necessary if the water heater has experienced a shutdown due to a safety feature, gas interruption, or other issues. Resetting the gas supply involves ensuring that the gas valve is in the correct position and relighting the pilot light if necessary. Here are the steps to reset the gas supply:

1. Safety Precautions:
Safety is paramount when dealing with gas appliances. Before you begin, make sure to:
* Turn off all gas appliances and open windows and doors to ensure proper ventilation.
* Do not use any open flames, including matches or lighters, near the water heater during this process.
* Have a flashlight ready in case you need it.
2. Locate the Gas Control Valve:
* The gas control valve is typically located on the front of the water heater near the bottom. It's a round valve with a knob or dial that has different positions, including "Off," "Pilot," and "On."
3. Turn the Gas Control Valve to "Off":
* Rotate the gas control valve knob or dial to the "Off" position. This shuts off the gas supply to the water heater. Wait for a few minutes to allow any residual gas to dissipate.
4. Verify the Pilot Light Status:
* Check the pilot light to see if it is still lit. The pilot light is a small flame located near the bottom of the water heater. If it's still burning, there may not be a need to relight it. However, if the pilot light is out, you will need to relight it.
5. Relighting the Pilot Light (if necessary):
* If the pilot light is out or you're unsure of its status, follow these steps to relight it:
a. Turn the gas control valve knob or dial to the "Pilot" position.
b. Depress and hold the knob or dial in the "Pilot" position to allow gas to flow to the pilot assembly.
c. Use a long-reach lighter or a fireplace match to ignite the pilot light by inserting the flame near the pilot assembly while continuing to hold the knob or dial in.
d. Once the pilot light is lit, continue holding the knob or dial in the "Pilot" position for about 30 seconds to allow the thermocouple (a safety device) to heat up.
e. After 30 seconds, release the knob or dial. The pilot light should remain lit.
f. If the pilot light does not stay lit after following these steps, it may indicate a problem with the thermocouple or other components, and you should consult a qualified technician for inspection and repairs.
6. Turn the Gas Control Valve to "On":
* Once the pilot light is successfully lit and remains lit, turn the gas control valve knob or dial from the "Pilot" position to the "On" position. This allows gas to flow to the main burner, and the water heater should begin heating water.
7. Monitor for Proper Operation:
* Observe the water heater for proper operation. Turn on a hot water faucet in your home to allow air to escape from the water heater tank. The main burner should ignite, and hot water should flow consistently.
8. Check for Leaks and Abnormal Operation:
* After resetting the gas supply and relighting the pilot (if needed), check around the water heater and gas connections for any gas odors or leaks. If you detect a gas leak, turn off the gas supply immediately, open windows and doors, and contact your gas utility company or a qualified technician for assistance.
* Monitor the water heater for the next few days to ensure it operates as expected. Check for any unusual noises, leaks, or issues with heating.

If you encounter any issues or irregularities during the process of resetting the gas supply or relighting the pilot, it's advisable to consult the user manual or contact Whirlpool's customer support or a qualified technician for further assistance and troubleshooting. Gas appliances require careful handling, and any problems should be addressed promptly and professionally to ensure safety and proper operation.
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