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Our gas furnace's pilot light comes on for a minute but won't stay on when it should be

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Hello Donley 82,

I understand that your pilot light is coming on for a minute then going out. ALthough, I do not know the make or model number that you have it can be the thermocouple or flame sensor causing the problem. The way to tell which one you have is a thermocouple looks like a small copper tube running down to the pilot and the pilot flame engulfs the end of it. Here is an image
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A Flame sensor has a white ceramic at the end whit a wire sticking out of the end. It also has a sheathed wire running back to the gas valve. Here is an image of a flame sensor

One of these are bad and making your pilot light go out.

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