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jbjones 04-10-2011 06:17 PM

Water heater pilot light going out
 
I have a GE water heater made in 2005. Pilot light will light, but within a day it will be out again. Is the thermocouple bad? Venting seems good

MarshSt 04-10-2011 06:33 PM

It's possible that the thermocouple is slowly failing, but all of the ones I have replaced in my HWT have failed completely and then would not stay relit. Maybe a loose connection? The 5 year time line sounds about right for the life expectancy I have had. They are pretty cheap and easy to replace so it may be worth a try.
If it gets really windy here it will blow ours out occasionally. How has your weather been?

SM

jbjones 04-10-2011 06:48 PM

It's been windy, but that has never been a problem before. This has happened 3 days in a row now. If it goes out again, i guess I'll try replacing thermocouple. Do I have to replace the gasket on the cover. Can I get both at any hardware store

DrHicks 04-10-2011 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jbjones (Post 626920)
It's been windy, but that has never been a problem before. This has happened 3 days in a row now. If it goes out again, i guess I'll try replacing thermocouple. Do I have to replace the gasket on the cover. Can I get both at any hardware store

Just replace the thermo-coupler. Most kits are only about $10. Even if that's not the problem, you're not out much.

But... I'd bet that IS your problem.

vsheetz 04-10-2011 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 627075)
Just replace the thermo-coupler. Most kits are only about $10. Even if that's not the problem, you're not out much.

But... I'd bet that IS your problem.

Yup, I would try the thermocouple first, then go from there if need be.


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