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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
More than likely it is the thermo couple.
It is a small tube at the end of a thin copper line.
It typically mounts in front of your pilot flame. The copper line runs back to you control.
When heated by the pilot it tells the control valve that there is a fire thus allowing the gas to flow to the burner. It is a safety feature to keep you from filling you house up with unburned gas.
When not functioning correctly it stops the gas to the burner.
You should be able to pick up a replacement at any big box or hardware store.
Some have different mounting styles. Best to remove the old one and take it with you.
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
There is a valve which you are bypassing when you press the pilot button. It is usually a sealed hydralic valve which holds the gas on as long as a flame is on the bulb. This expands the fluid and keeps the gas valve open. If the bulb moved and is not in the flame, or near enough, it will not stay on. Also since it sat for a year the internal workings of the valve could have "gummed" up. You need to replace the valve. You did not mention the name or model of the unit. Do a search with your units brand name followed by heater followed by parts. This should return dealers who can supply the part you need. Let me know if you need anymore help.
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Posted on Feb 26, 2010
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