I have Whirlpool Water Heater (MOD#: BFG1F4040S3NOV)

We shut it off to bug-bomb the garage... and now the pilot light won't turn back on... I think it is a problem with the Thermal Switch... the switch reset button has no tension on it - it slides slightly in and out without resistance...

Also - in most gas appliances I have owned - you can turn on the gas valve and push the button for engage the pilot light... and you can hear the gas flowing... when doing that to this unit I hear silence...

I called Whirlpool (because no one carries a thermal switch locally) and they want me to replace the entire manifold...

3 questions:
1) Is there a way to temporarily by-pass the thermal switch (connect the two wires together on the back of the switch?) so I can give my kids baths tonight?


2) Is it necessary to actually replace the entire manifold - or should I be able to change just the switch?

3) I am assuming my problem is the switch - does that seem to be correct?

FYI - My unit is only 2 years old...

Thanks for any help!