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Pilot light? I have a RUUD # VGDG05EAVER. It seems the pilot light is out. Please tell me what I can do myself to avoid calling a repair man. Thank you, Ruthie

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If memory serves me right you do not have a pilot on that furnace. You have a hot surface ignitor. You should not see a continuous flame inside. You may have a bad ignitor.

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Unknown what the gas company man observed, and why he said call manufacturer, and what he repaired. Was the gas control valve leaking?
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http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-manufacturers.html

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