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Gas firelog pilot light will not stay lite

When I get the pilot light lite and release the button it will not stay lite. The first time it was on it worked fine now we cannot get it to stay on.

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    I light pilot, and its stays on a while, then goes out. also when pilot is lite, and I turn flame up , it seems to hesitate, then when flame comes on , the pilot flickers and goes out

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Try to replace the thermo couple

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