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Old 10-29-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Whirlpool 50G Gas Pilot Won't Stay On

I have a 10 year old Whirlpool 50 gallon gas water heater and the pilot won't stay on. I can light the pilot after several attempts, then heat the tank. But after the burner goes out, eventually the pilot goes out. A local plumber told me over the phone it probably needs a new thermocouple. Sounds like a probable solution. Is this the most likely problem? There is a panel on the lower front of the unit held on by 2 screws. Through that panel go 4 things - 2 gas lines (one flexible and one solid - one for the burner and one for the pilot?), copper thermocouple line and orange pilot sparker wire. The pilot light sight glass is also in the panel. Can the 2 gas lines be disconnected and this door removed to replace that TC?

Thanks for any and all assistance.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Whirlpool 50G Gas Pilot Won't Stay On

This may be solved by tomorrow. I called Whirlpool because it has a 12yr warranty and the heater is 10yr old. They are overnighting me a free thermocouple/burner retrofit kit. Install instructions online look pretty easy.
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