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Water is putting the burner out

Water is somehow getting inside and putting the burner out. i already changed the thremo couple and have opened and closed the pressure relief valve. is my tank broke.

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If you check the bottom of the tank or there is water on the floor constantly..check the top of the tank most of the time the shut off valve is leaking or the hot cold connection on the top is leaking..if both these are dry then there could a crack in the tank

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