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I have a Rheem 41v50n (about 10 years old)and the pilot light went out and will not re-light. Gas comes out when I hold the botton down, but it goes out again when I let go. Any simple fixes, or should I just replace it? Dan

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The thermocouple just needs to be replaced. Can be bought for around ten bucks at many hardware store or heating supply house. Simple installation. Takes about ten minutes to install. They come in different lentghs, see how long yours is before you buy, so you get the right one.

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