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Water heater won't run long enough for hot water.

I light my pilot light, my water heater kicks on, it runs for a minute or two then kicks off, and my pilot light goes off with it.

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  • brokenflame Jan 21, 2009

    I have the same problem. Gas company had changed a valve outside the house and since then the water heater is not working. I changed the thermocouple and now the pilot stays on and the main burner kicks in but after a minute the burner and the pilot goes off. Please help my wife stinks, no shower, I was going to send her through car wash.

    George.

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Common problem if the thermo couple goes bad.Replace thermocouple with a universial on.A common hardware item.

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You light the pilot and water in the tank reaches temperature.
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