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Burner wont stay lit

I have a kenmore "power miser 9 " gas water heater. my basement had about 2-3 inches of standing water on the floor from snow melting ect. now my pilot light wouldnt stay on. so i bought a new "thermocouple unit and installed it,now the pilot will stay on but when i turn the thermostat knob on and to desired setting it starts up for about 3 seconds then goes out ,same with pilot light. what could be going on? the only other things i havent checked is,the sediment trap on the gas line,the burner orifice and the gas control valve,which i dont know how to check that.any ideas? my vent screen is clear.
thank you for your time

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  • lowrunner Jan 14, 2009

    ok thank you very much ill check those 2 things
    your reply is much appreciated.

  • lowrunner Jan 14, 2009

    when the burner and pilot light goes out, i can still hear the gas flowing,so what would that be?



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