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Piot light will not stay lit on hot water heater

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The pilot light goes off intermittedly after a heating cycle..not always usually after about 10 cycles. And it does not seem to be consistent. It may go off more often, then it may go for a couple of days and not go on. It lights easy again once it goes off. Thanks
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Either dirty pilot or bad thermocouple

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