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RUUD model P2-50F1. The pilot light is burning, but the thermostat doesn't turn the burner on. I can turn the temperature up on the thermostat, and it will run. Feels like it sticks a little.

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Replace the stat. turn the power off to the burner, buy a new stat, keep track of what wire went to R and what wire went to W, prob red and white, if cooling youll also have a g and y! but stat is shot

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