June01 & EJ – Unbelievable!!!! I have farted around for days now, replacing the vacume lines and cleaning the burners on my power-vent water heater. I have looked through multiple web sites and online manuals looking for this ‘gas not staying on very long’ problem. I also don’t have meters and tools and am certainly no plumber. When I finally saw June01’s problem, it was like I wrote it myself. And, the craziest part is, the paper clip worked for me too! It was a little tight working through the little access door and once my arm was in I couldn’t see, so had to do by feel. But, I eventually got the clip in the gas vent orafice and worked it around a little. The old water heater, about 10 years old, is working perfectly again.
Knowing the going rate for plumbers around her, I’m sure you just saved me $75 to $100 at least – and that’s if they didn’t start replacing parts!
THANK YOU BOTH! I was ready to call the plumber in the morning. My family thanks you too!