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Question DetailsAsked on 5/14/2015

Ok my hot water heater pilot light. turns on when I hold the gas down then when I try to turn the Nob it goes out

It's a gas water heater pilot light works y I am holding the gas nob down then when I try to turn it to the set in I want then it goes out and the Bruner won't light

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Number of debugging replies to that question in the Home > Water Heaters link in Browse Projects, at lower left - about 5 of them are also shown right below this response.

Assuming you are letting the pilot light burn for 30 seconds or so (while still holding button/knob down) so the thermocouple can come up to heat before releasing the button, then is likely the thermocouple is blocked from the heat by rust so if not heating enough to keep the gas valve open, has slipped down in the holder, or has died Generally recommended to replace thermocouple annual cleaning/inspection but not as critical as with furnace/boiler ones where it knock your house heat out when they fail, I have found water heater ones typically last about 5-8 years give or take.

If the prior responses don't solve it for you, then Plumber or Gas Fitter (whoever does gas appliance service in your area) is your Search the List category for a tech.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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