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Self Powered Intelligent Control Gas Valve

Electronic gas valve employs thermopile to provide electricity for operations and diagnostic display; no external power supply is needed.


Electronic gas control monitors operational conditions and helps with pinpointing service/troubleshooting matters.

LED Status Light

Gives visual indication when pilot is lit and water heater is operating normally. Also reports status of diagnostics.

Integrated Piezo (push button) Pilot Igniter

Allows for easy startup of the pilot.

T&P Relief Valve

Conveniently located on the side of the tank to facilitate piping to a drain or external to the building.

Built in Flame Lock Safety System

Reduces the risk of accidental fires involving flammable vapors from products such as gasoline, paint thinner, and solvents.

Self Cleaning Dip Tube

Reduces sediment buildup for heating efficiency and long tank life. (12- and 9-Year Models)

Top Mounted, Heavy-Duty Anode Rod

Protects tank against corrosion, maximizes tank life.

Code Approval

Meets or exceeds the Federal Efficiency Standards effective January 20, 2004, according to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) of 1992, and current edition of ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1.

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The Difference


Mechanical Manual Gas Valve

Powered by a Thermocouple

Check pilot light operation through sight gas at the bottom of the water heater

No Diagnostic Capability


Electronic Gas Valve

  • Less moving parts
  • Less Calibration components internal to the valve design

Powered by Thermopile

  • Thermopile operate at a higher millivolts making design more robust

Control has visual indicator light to identify when the pilot is lit

  • Gives feed-back that heater is working

Diagnostic Capability

  • Provide a better diagnostic about the control
  • should a problem occur will provide information to understand issue
  • Status light code on face of this control defines the status light flashes and the action needed


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Whirlpool® 6th Sense™Gas Water Heater

12 Year Warranty
Model Numbers:

40 Gallon

50 Gallon



Whirlpool® 6th Sense™Gas Water Heater
Whirlpool® 6th Sense™Gas Water Heater
Whirlpool® 6th Sense™Gas Water Heater

Lighting Instuctions

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