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It will work for few days then goes out. I reset the pilot light

Mine is propane it works for few days then goes out i reset the pilot light and it will work for a few days

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Hi. Some of the whirlpool water heaters are notorious for having plugging problems on the air inlet screen. They are the air slots under the burner. Clean the slots with a brush and re-light. You may need to clean them regularly.
Hope this was helpful!
Regards, --W/D--

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