it's really cold in here

Old 12-21-00, 09:27 PM
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hello and please help
a few weeks ago we ran out of propane. when we got more propane the pilot light on the furnace refused to light although the water heater lit right away. we are unable to afford having someone come to the house, but the space heaters aren't keeping it very warm in here. any ideas of what we can try?
Old 12-22-00, 06:01 AM
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Post Thermocouple


Since the pilot will not remain on, the most likely cause is a weak or burned out thermocouple. Often happens under conditions like you discribed, when the part was weak to begin with or it just happened to burnout from the lack of heat while the pilot was out.

In this case the only fix is to replace it. The part is the element the pilot flame is heating. Should be a thin copper or aluminum tube part extending from the pilot assembly and screwed into the gas valve just below the reset button.

You can read the archives of similar appliances with this condition, found in this forum, for more information.

Be sure to close of the gas and any electricial power on the appliance prior to attempting the replacement. If your not sure exactly how to replace the part, try contacting the propane supplier. Often times they will help just to keep a customer warm, happy and safe.

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