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My pilot light went out and when I try to relight it, the flame will light when I press down on the red button by the gas control valve. I hold it down for about a minute like the instructions say but when I release the red button, the flame goes out before I can turn the gas control valve to the on position. What is the problem and how do I repair it?

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Hi you will need to replace the thermocouple. This is the copper tube that screws in to the gas valve and goes back and mounts along side of the pilot. Most will pull straight out. When they go out, the pilot will light when you hold the red button down, but as soon as you release it off it goes. You can but this thermocouple at any hardware store. They come in different lengths, But I would get a 36" one. They will coil up so they wont be in the way. Its better to have a longer one then one that's to short. Make sure the tip is in the flame, or it will do the same thing. It has to get very hot to keep and produce milivolts to keep it on.Please don't forget to rate me on this as I know you will be kind. This will solve your problem for sure.
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