water heater pilot assembly replacement.

My water heater is old. Kenmore power miser 6. Installed 2006. It suddenly wouldn't stay lit, so I checked the thermocouple and yeah, very short. I couldn't find JUST THAT part (it's got that old button TCO attached) but what I did find was the whole pilot assembly: igniter, thermocouple with TCO, and pilot. I replaced it, and I'm now fired up after 2 days without hot water. All good. However, It occurs to me that UNDER THE VALVE, where it connects to the valve, neither the pilot nor the main manifold has thread dope or Teflon tape around it. It never did. I replaced it the same way it came out. Do you guys generally use gas Teflon tape or sealant around these connections at the valve? Should I for what I just did? thank you in advance. Also, yes, I know the unit is treacherously old. It's also started recently dripping from the pressure valve and I know it must be replaced forthwith. This repair is ONLY until I can get a new one. ....UNLESS someone wants to tell me if simply replacing the pressure relief valve too will get me another 3-5 years out of it? Again thanks in advance. I appreciate it and will happily pay you in karma. submitted by /u/Pit-Smoker [link] [comments]

My water heater is old. Kenmore power miser 6. Installed 2006. It suddenly wouldn't stay lit, so I checked the thermocouple and yeah, very short. I couldn't find JUST THAT part (it's got that old button TCO attached) but what I did find was the whole pilot assembly: igniter, thermocouple with TCO, and pilot.

I replaced it, and I'm now fired up after 2 days without hot water. All good.

However, It occurs to me that UNDER THE VALVE, where it connects to the valve, neither the pilot nor the main manifold has thread dope or Teflon tape around it. It never did. I replaced it the same way it came out. Do you guys generally use gas Teflon tape or sealant around these connections at the valve? Should I for what I just did?

thank you in advance.

Also, yes, I know the unit is treacherously old. It's also started recently dripping from the pressure valve and I know it must be replaced forthwith. This repair is ONLY until I can get a new one. ....UNLESS someone wants to tell me if simply replacing the pressure relief valve too will get me another 3-5 years out of it? Again thanks in advance. I appreciate it and will happily pay you in karma.

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