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My water heater's pilot won't light.I tried turning it on multiple times but does not work.What techniques can i do to make it work?

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If this is tank-type water heater, open following link for troubleshoot pdf and other helpful information before calling service person:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

Open following link for Rheem/Paloma/Richmond/Ruud tankless troubleshoot resources including error codes, self help, manuals, parts links, tips, and contact information.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

Read manual cover to cover, make sure water heater receives yearly maintenance as outline in manual.

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What band and type water heater do you have? And about how old is the water heater? Add a comment with more information.

Following general information applies to tank-type residential water heater.
If pilot light is working, then thermocouple is good. Otherwise, if thermocouple was bad, or fallen out of place, then there would be no pilot flame.
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