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Hi,

The problem is probably the thermocouple....that can be replaced easily...however when buying a new one becareful because some of the newer hot water heaters no longer use just a standard thermocouple...you must use their OEM thermocouple.
You have no make or model here, so I do not know for sure in your case....

But I would be very sure that your problem is the thermocouple going bad...

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If it is one of the new ones with the fancy gas control and the blinking light... does the light blink?? or not??
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