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I have a Whirlpool (2004?), and when I release the reset button, the pilot goes out...as long as I'm holding the reset button down, the pilot stays lit. Even after two minutes, when I think it'll stay lit so that I can turn the knob to "ON"....it goes out! Is it the thermocouple? Or a gas valve? I also heard that Whirlpool has a recall relating to this problem, is that true? And if it is...how do I find out about it? Please help, I'm a widow with three teenagers (who need the shower like it's air), and on a fixed income....I'm looking to do this project myself, any thoughts on this would greatly be appreciated! Thank you.

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Almost always it is the thermal coupling, change that and try again...They're not too expensive, but you do need to get the correct one...

Alternatively, hook up a bicycle and have the teenagers generate the heat...... << Good luck selling that one. Tell them ALL of the teenagers do it.....

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