Can't get Duo-Therm heater pilot to stay lit - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-16-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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Can't get Duo-Therm heater pilot to stay lit

Hello, we've got a 73 Hunter Compact with a Duo-Therm heater. When we bought it the previous owner showed us that it worked but we never used it. Now we want to use it and can't get the pilot to stay lit when we turn the knob from pilot to on. Sometimes when we're just holding the knob on pilot it won't stay lit either. We've tried probably 100 times on many different occasions. Anyone have suggestions for what might be wrong and how to fix it?
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:11 AM   #2
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Julie, It sounds like either your thermocouple either is not in the flame of the pilot light, or it may need to be replaced.

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Old 09-16-2014, 12:23 PM   #3
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It may also just need a good cleaning - all it takes is one tiny little spider web and it may not stay light....
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It may also just need a good cleaning - all it takes is one tiny little spider web and it may not stay light....

I vote with Carol, most likely spiders. Don't ask how I know.
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Thermocouple and spiders. Both good advice. Whatever you do, don't dissemble the gas regulator (small screws and springs inside that need to stay inside). Don't ask how I know.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:35 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! We fixed it, it was the thermocouple.


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