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Pilot light ignites, but fire does not light from pilot. As soon as i release the button pilot goes out. Any ideas as what could be causing this

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Not sure what type of gas appliance you're having a problem with. If it's a vent-free gas heater, fireplace or gas log set, this problem is usually associated with a clogged Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS), which is a safety feature. In addition, based on the age of your unit and whether or not it has had regular annual maintenance, it could be the Thermocouple or Thermopile has failed. The latter can occur with both Vent-free and Vented Gas appliances.

If you will get back to me through the comment section of this page, with more specific details of what you have, I can help you further.

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