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Old 04-10-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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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

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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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?

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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
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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.
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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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