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Can't get pilot light to light. Comes on

Can't get pilot light to light. Comes on (eventually after numerous tries) but as soon as release control, it goes out.

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You can only test this with a volt meter capable of testing milivolts. or replace the thermocouple. the thermocouple is what the pilot flame is burning onto. the pilot flame could also be weak due to a dirty pilot orifice in which case the flame will appear lazy and yellow /orange. the thermocouple should test 30mv + - 10% you should contact a service company if replacing the thermocouple doesnt fix because gas isnt somthing a un-qualified DIYer should risk there home with.

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    if you are able to test the thermocouple and it tests ok the you may have a bad valve , if where the TC connects to the gas valve has 2 wires in between it then you may have a open flame roll out safety in which case you have a hazardous condition and a valuable saftety did its job.

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