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How to replace Honeywell Gas control valve

Do not drain water from tank
Honeywell gas control valve      AO Smith gas control valve
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Bradford White has a timer, or setback controller for this gas control valve
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Reset gas control to see if it will work:

Rotate dial to OFF, wait 10 minutes for gas to clear.
Then relight.  How to light water heater

Error codes
Steady flash means gas control working correctly, & pilot light ON
8 flashes and 3 flashes means replace gas control

This type gas control valve is powered by thermopile. Water heater does not have thermocouple. Thermopile is basically several thermocouples together. The result is more current, which is used to power small circuit board inside gas control valve. Result is error codes and status monitoring capability.
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Do not drain water from tank

This gas control is used on atmospheric vented water heaters

Not used on power-vented models
Found on many water heaters today. AO Smith/ Bradford White etc.

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Identify gas control numbers

Order gas valve replacement

Located on side of gas control valve
WV8840B1042
WV8840
This natural gas valve was taken from AO Smith water heater 2012
Order replacement gas control valve from manufacturer, online etc.

Example Reliance LP control at Amazon
 Bradford White gas water heater   Turn off gas valve
Turn Gas valve OFF

Turn gas OFF

Rotate handle perpendicular across gas line.
Do not drain water from tank
Honeywell gas control valve Black pipe union
Black pipe union
1/2" Black pipe Union. Use 2 wrenches
Keep pipe clean
Honeywell gas control valve Yellow flexible gas line
Protect end of pipe from dirt
Remove old teflon tape.
Keep all debris from inside of pipe.

Remove gas line from gas control valve

1) Do not let pipe ends get dirty.
Remove old teflon tape, and keep debris out of pipe.
Loose debris can travel into new gas control valve and cause malfunction.

2) Note how tight gas line is connected to gas control.
Gas pipes are not overtightened into gas control valve.
Use two wrenches to take apart union. Then disconnect from gas control.

3) Gas water heater with large BTU consumption: Use black pipe instead of yellow flexible gas line.
Back of yellow flex package has BTU size chart.
Water heater BTUs shows on label located on side of tank



Honeywell gas control valve
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Move knob to OFF
1) Pull out plug with red and white wires located on front of gas control
2) Piezo Igniter wire comes apart
3) Unscrew manifold tube
4) Unscrew pilot tube
5) Notice how tight each thread is
6) Pilot tube: reverse thread for propane
7) Remove phillips head screw that holds front cover.

Honeywell gas control piezo igniter Disconnect piezo igniter wire
WV8840 Gas control valve
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Temperature sensor, igniter and gas control can be replaced without draining tank.

Do not drain water from tank

Take apart gas control valve

Backplate remains installed.

How to replace Honeywell gas control.
1) Remove 1 phillips head screw to left of pilot tube that holds cover (shown in image above).
3) Remove plastic gas control cover. Tip plastic cover out from bottom, and then pull straight back toward you and cover snaps off. Caution: plastic cover is connected to body with 3-strand yellow-orange-white wire.
4) Disconnect yellow-orange-white wire that connects to temperature sensor. Wire is plugged into circuit board on plastic cover. Grasp wire and pull upward to unplug wire from circuit board..
Honeywell gas control
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Honeywell gas control with front cover removed

2 clips hold valve body to backplate
Backplate stays attached to water heater
Honeywell gas control valve

Clip holds Valve Body to Backplate

5) Remove valve body from backplate.
Some models have 1 screw. Other models have 2 plastic clips that hold valve body to backplate. These are located at bottom on right and left side. Use screwdriver to push 1 clip down while while using another screwdriver to pry valve body outward. Then use screwdriver to push down other clip to release valve body.

Replace valve body and other non-functioning parts


Honeywell gas control valve

Reassemble gas control

Push cover straight onto backplate.
Snap two top pieces into backplate
Put screw into bottom
  Yellow flexible gas line

Reconnect gas line using yellow teflon

Apply yellow teflon tape, and leave first two threads clean with no tape.
Do not let dirt, stray teflon, or any debris enter gas line. Make sure gas line is clean.
NO tape teflon on pilot tube or manifold tube

Reconnect tubes and wires

NO tape teflon on pilot tube or manifold tube
Do not overtighten gas line to gas control valve, or it can damage valve
Pilot tube and manifold tube are not overtightened
Test Honeywell gas control for leaks

Smell for gas leak

Natural gas is lighter than air, and gas smell will rise
Propane gas is heavier than air, and gas smell will fall to floor

Turn Gas ON

Test for gas leak

Apply soapy water to each gas connection
a) Test gas line or flexible pipe: Mix liquid soap with water and use brush to put around around gas line joints to see if there are bubbles. Use plenty of soapy water.

Wait: It will take time for bubbles to appear since gas is under low pressure.
Soap bubbles coming from joint indicate leak: retighten pipes, use teflon tape on yellow flex pipe and black pipe.
Do not overtighten pipes or damage can occur to gas control valve.

b) Test factory-installed connections located below gas control valve
Manifold and pilot tube connections located under the gas control valve do NOT use teflon tape.
See image of manifold and pilot tubes
If either tube under gas control valve is leaking, then tighten a little bit. Do not overtighten.
Manifold and pilot tube: look for reverse thread on LP water heater. Regular thread on NG water heater
Remember: Natural gas and propane gas both have less pressure on the line than water pipes, so gas pipes are easy to seal with ordinary wrench. If you can install water line without leaking, you can do the same with gas line. Do not over-tighten connections.
WV8840 Gas Valve
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Light water heater:

Rotate dial to OFF, wait 10 minutes for gas to clear.
Then light heater.  How to light water heater
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This gas control used for power vent models
Replace this gas control using short length of pipe as illustrated below
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How to light this type of gas valve:
Slide on-off switch to OFF position.
Go to blower system located on top of water heater and turn blower switch to OFF.
Turn off all electric power to water heater appliance.
Set Red knob, the valve thermostat, to LOW.
Wait 5 minutes to clear out gas.
Check for the smell of gas that would indicate a leak.
Turn on electric power to water heater
Set blower to ON position.
Slide on-off switch to ON position.
Set Red knob thermostat to desired temperature.

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