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Sounds like the thermocouple.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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the thermal couple is likely bad .
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If flame is yellowish and small: then clean pilot tube and combustion parts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#clean
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More than likely the thermal couple is defective. The thermal couple is a safety device that shuts the gas off if the pilot goes out. If it is defective the pilot light will not stay lit. The thermal couple is the device that the small copper line goes to. It is mounted beside the pilot flame and the flame much touch the TC for it to work. If the flame is not touching the TC bend it until it is in the flame. If it is touching the TC then replace it.

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There is a special procedure for lighting pilots. It should be clearly labeled on the unit. If you are following this and it will not stay lit, then you need to call a certified repair tech.

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You will need to replace thermocouple or you might get by for awile by cleaning old one by lightly sanding tip and making sure it is positioned in center of pilot flame. When you light pilot hold down on pilot button until you can see the tip of thermocouple glo red. If after cleaning the pilot won't stay lit after you release button then you need to replace it. Remove thermocouplefrom gas valve and pull back on it to remove it from pilot assembly. You can buy universal replacements at most hardware stores. Try to get one at least as long as the old one. Good luck.Ihope this helps you. Thanks.

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Make sure before you install the new one that the area where it mates to the gas valve is clean. Should be about a 20 min job including clean up with replacement parts in hand.

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