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I have a weil mcclann downstairs our pilot light went out…

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I have a weil...

I have a weil mcclann downstairs our pilot light went out last night. We tried to turn the pilot light on however the light stays on only when we keep our finger on the red button. once we release the red button the pilot light goes out.

Contractor's Assistant: Just to clarify, what's the make and model of the appliance? And has it done this before?

It has not done this before. I will get the model number noiw

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

I would like to if I"m capable. I "ve been waiting for a plumber but this may be a very small problem, hopefully

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

I am getting the model number one moment please

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Home Improvement
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Weil McLain gas furnace model 550-223-743/0406
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1/14/2018
Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 1 month ago
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If the pilot goes out when lighting it one you release the button you have to hold down to light it then you likely have a bad thermocouple (the flame sensor in the pilot flame) . The first thing we would do is replace the thermocouple.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
This is northern New Jersey. We just had a 12 day very cold period followed by 3 days near 60 degrees afternoon temps. THis neighborhood had a power outage from 1pm to 3;30pm the third warm day.
WHen the power came back on in our neighborhood, I did not notice, but its possible that is when the furnace was not coming back on. Yesterday I checked , saw the pilot light was out. I
Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 1 month ago

That doesn't change my answer.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
This thermo couple component may be able to be purchased at a Home depot? / There is a home depot that is open on Sunday, in a county [not bergen/ ] 8 miles from here.
Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 1 month ago

Yes you should be able to get one at a Home Depot. They are universal, the only difference is the length. You can coil up the excess if it's too long. I'd recommend a Honeywell thermocouple if you have a choice.

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Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 1 month ago

Should you decide to replace it a couple point; only the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the tip should be in the pilot flame and the connection at the gas valve should be dry (no pipe dope) and tight.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I cannot purchase a weil mcclain thermo coupler on a Sunday in northern new jersey. We have blue laws. Meaning retail stores are closed
Home Improvement Expert: Rick, General Contractor replied 1 month ago

Ok, I guess you'll have to wait for tomorrow. I'd appreciate a favorable rating. This thread won't go away and I'll answer related follow up questions even after you rate me favorably

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