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My Rheemglas fury 21DV50 hot water heater pilot goes out about every 2 days for the last week and 1/2. It will light and I'll be able to have hot showers but doesn't last more than about 2 days. Is it the thermocouple?

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    mauragyn Jan 18, 2013

    I have this same problem with my 21VR40-7T. does yours ever have a tiny amount(1-2mm) of water in the gap between the shells where the insulation is? Is there ever a small wet spot on the floor?:)

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It could be a thermocouple but first take the whole pilot assembly out and disassemble it. Clean it very good (compressed air is ok) especially the orifice inside the pilot horn. You may just have a weak pilot. If the flame is in good contact with the thermocouple and problem still exist, then change the thermocouple. I believe in doing the free things first.

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