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My water heater will heat up the water, once it comes to temp, the pilot light goes out.

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Depends on the year it was made , but if it was made after 2010 there is a high possibility it has electronic ignition, these models don't have a standing pilot and all signs of flame go away after it reaches temperature, I guess the best way is to see if it relights after using some of the hot water and it adds some cold water into itself , if its this type it will relight itself and burn to heat up cold water

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The pilot assembly should look similar to the pic above. Depending on where you live, you may be required to hire a certified plumber to replace the parts. If not you can do it your self. Keep in mind if it's not staying lit you also need to check the thermostat and the thermocoupler before replacing the pilot assembly. There is a good chance it is just the thermocoupler going out. It is one of the first things to check when troubleshooting a pilot light problem with a gas water heater. A thermocouple determines if the pilot light is lit. If it's not lit, the gas valve fails. If that's the problem, replace the thermocouple.


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