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I have a Whirlpool Gas Water Heater on which the pilot will not stay lit. I can see it ignite but when I release the reset button it goes out.

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  • tpoc81 Apr 08, 2011

    Thanks for the quick response!!! Help me understand one thing: shouldn't the pilot stay on and then heat the thermocouple when the burner kicks on?

  • tpoc81 Apr 09, 2011

    Thanks!!! Help me understand one thing: shouldn't the pilot stay lit and then heat the thermocouple when the burner kicks on?

  • tpoc81 Apr 09, 2011

    I posted in the wrong area. I am asking about a water heater.

  • tpoc81 Apr 09, 2011

    Thanks!

  • Garras Porgratix Jan 01, 2013

    Try resetting the thermal switch (white thing with 2 terminals) if everything is clean of lint.

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Hello tp.... this is a common problem and to solve this problem you must make sure everything in that mechanical area is clean, and that the pilot light is close enough to the thermocouple to warm it up. Finally if it still will not function as it should, change the thermocouple. Every hardware store carries them. Joe

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