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Pilot light goes out when i turn hot water heater on . just replaced thermocouple. any suggestions?

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There is the possibility you don't have the thermocouple set in the right place. The flame has to hit it just right. Does the pilot stay on until you turn the gas valve to on, then shuts off, or does it shut off as soon as you let go off the button?

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