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I had a similar issue where I held the button down for quite some time, released it and the light goes out. The pilot flame (blue) seemed to small to do any good and that it was large enough to reach and heat the thermocouple. I took a small paperclip and bent it into an "L" shape on one end. I could see where th little blue flame had been comming from prior so I used the paperclip to stick down into the orfice in a attempt to clear any rust or debre that may be keeping the flame from reaching the size needed to reach the thermocouple. Once I completed this I did a re-light and bingo! The flame came on and stayed and the unit fired up without hesitation. Not sure if this helps in your case but worked for me. If the flame can not reach the desire spot it will not fire. Make sure the gas is off when cleaning or doing anything inside this unit for safety reasons. Best of luck.

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Replace the thermocouple

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