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Pilot light won't stay lit

The pilot light wouldn't light. I replaced the thermocouple, now I can get the pilot to light, the pilot/heat will start, then after 10 minutes or so, I have no flame or pilot light.

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  • taeyona May 08, 2008

    i've have already replaced all parts but pilot lights. but after 30seconds it wont stay light

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Auto pilot light

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Gas is on and running but the pilot light does not stay lit

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Wrong voltage thermocouple? must have 400mv, residential uses 25-40mv.

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