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Old 02-22-2012, 11:42 AM   #11
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Weekend water heater

We also have a pilot light hot water heater.

It has always been an exercise to light pilot; and frequently is goes out by the next morning. I have had some success with dealer fixes on this but not 100%.

Yesterday I did some spring cleaning and attempted to light pilot. Again it was a extensive exercise. And gas tank was topped off. Did not test how long it stayed on.

What help is sanding the thermocouple bulb?

Richard & Marilyn
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2010 Jay Feather Sport 165
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:20 PM   #12
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If the thermocouple is dirty or has soot on it it will not transfer enough heat to the switch and it will shut off the gas. That is why you have to hold the button down for a few seconds when lighting it. If it is not hot enough the pilot will go out.

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