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Rheem Fury 42V50-40F. Piezo ignitor will not light the pilot light. A thousand clicks, still won't light. Mfg in 2005. Gas valve is on. Knob set to pilot, red button pushed --- I know how to light a pilot light. Is there air in the line? Is there any trick to this? Thanks!

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