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My pilot light on the water heater won't stay lit

We can light the pilot manually it will heat the tank but the pilot goes out each time the tank reaches temperature. We continually have to manually light the pilot

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    The pilot has has never once went out on water heater since it was installed about 4 years ago tried to light it but when I let up off the button you push to light it we'll it goes out

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    pilot light on water heater works for awhile and then it randomly goes out

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    pulled the thermocoupler and cleaned with emery cloth, as the burner would not continue burning after lighting the pilot light and turning the dial to the setting I wanted

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The thermocouple or gas valve needs to be replaced. Start with the thermocouple.

Good Luck

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