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Jim Huggins
January 17th, 2009
06:13 pm
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homeowner's question
Every day for the past three days, the pilot light on the hot water heater has gone out.  It relights rather easily, however.

Of course, it is also un-freakin-believably cold at the moment.

Will this problem just go away when the outside temperature finally decides to stay in positive digits, or is this a symptom of something more serious?

Current Mood: curiouscurious

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Date:January 18th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
I would personally get it checked...but that could just be me being overly cautious.
Date:January 19th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Usually, it's because the wind is blowing it out. Or, anyway, that's what is happening to us when it goes out. It depends on how your heater is vented... *shrug*

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Date:January 19th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
The cheapest and fastest thing to do is to replace the thermocouple. You can do it in about 20 minutes and for less than $30.

We had a similar problem this fall and ended up having to have the control box replaced when the thermocouple didn't help things.
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