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Pilot light went out twice in two weeks. Now there is water under the tank area and water on top of the water heater housing

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I think that you have rust issues with your tank, if the thing is more than 10years old replace it these things don't last forever you know!

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Brand, model, and type of heater appears on label on side of unit
For tank-type gas, under 60,000 BTU, then clean air intake. This procedure varies by brand of water heater.
Add a comment with missing information for additional help.

Also copy following link for troubleshoot resources:
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the tank needs flushed out ! heres how. Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing sediment from your storage type water heater periodically.
If your water heater is gas, set the gas valve to "Pilot" to prevent the burners from coming on while you are flushing it. If your heater is electric be sure to turn off the circuit breakers. With an electric water heater, if the water level drops below the heating elements and the thermostat turns the elements on, the heating elements will probably burn out quite rapidly. Connect a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank, Close the shut off valve on the cold inlet to the water heater. open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever. Leave the valve open. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater allowing the water to flow out through the garden hose. when the water is clear your finished. close pressure relief valve on top of tank and turn water back on.
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We have a plumbing technician to repaire the water leakage out side of our house, which need to turn off the water supply to our house. After that, we found that hotwater will not turn on (burner light...


You have gas water heater.
Probably a tank-type gas water heater.

The plumber can fix water heater.
If you want to fix water heater yourself, then more information is needed to narrow down scope of answer.
1) Add a comment for possible help.
Instructions for lighting the water heater appear on front of water heater. Do those instructions include lighting the pilot light?
Will the pilot light stay lit?
On side of tank is a label. Label shows Brand, type (LP or NG), and model number.
This information can help narrow the type of gas control valve, and point direction for troubleshoot.
Add a comment with this information for possible help.

2) Do-it-yourself: Open following link for do-it-yourself resources to help solve gas water heater problems:
Generally the instructions show how to clean water heater parts, check venting, and show different types of gas controls, plus links for pilot light problems and cleaning air intake.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

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The gas company has come out twice becuase the pilot went out. He found a leak and fixed it and i had a hot water shower once before it went out again. He came out a second time and did the repair again...


A number of things can affect the pilot.
Unknown if this is new heater or heater that stopped working.
Unknown what type of gas valve is on water heater.
Unknown what the gas company man observed, and why he said call manufacturer, and what he repaired. Was the gas control valve leaking?
Unknown what type of general maintenance and testing has been done.

Option 1) The gas company said call the manufacturer.
Information shows on label on side of tank.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-manufacturers.html

Option 2) Open following links and start reading. And then try to fix yourself.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Pilot-light-will-not-stay-lit.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

Option 3) Call gas company guy and ask him exactly what he observed, write that down, and then add a comment with very specific information for possible help.

Option 4) Call local plumber and tell him the specific information that gas company man said, and see what solution he can offer.

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Problem can also be lack of air to the combustion area. Vacuum the area towards the bottom of the tank where the vent holes are. Also, I had a resident that had fans blowing out of her apartment windows this summer. We had the same problem with the pilot light and even replaced the thermocouple. Problem continued and even had CO in the home when the tank was firing. She was creating a back draft and pulling the exhaust gases into the apartment from the hotwater tank. It took time to figure it out.

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