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How to repair a thermal coupler on a 1994 gas water heater

The burner for the unit is not coming on. the unit is a 1994. the termal coupler is not working because the ignitor is working. Any answers?

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Time to get a new tank. The life expectancy is between 10-15 years. You are probably spending more in natural gas to heat than the tank is worth.

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