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Offline p5609

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Pilot light on Furnace keeps going out
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:50:22 PM »

I have a very old furnace, by Dowagiac Steel Furnace Co, Model # 90, Serial # 1622.  In the past month my pilot light has gone out sporadically, upon relighting, it stayed lit and ran fine.  However tonight, I came home after being gone 6.5 hours and the pilot light was out, house was 55 degrees and pilot light was out.  As previously, I relit the pilot light, however it has now gone out 3 times in 4 hours.  A friend thinks it is most likely that the thermal coupler needs replacing, and provided one the other day but did not replace it at that time as the pilot light had not gone out more than 1 time in about 5 days.  The friend increased the size of the pilot light flame, thinking perhaps this was also needed.  By this history, is this sounding like only the thermal coupler needs replaced or could more be wrong?  I have not had a service person come out yet at this point. :(
« Last Edit: January 24, 2013, 11:51:01 PM by p5609 »

Offline jumptrout51

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Re: Pilot light on Furnace keeps going out
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 05:30:09 AM »
It may be just a bad thermocouple.
You do need to check for a draft down the flue.
Wind gust can blow it out as well.
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Offline yegor2003 .

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Re: Pilot light on Furnace keeps going out
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 03:16:15 PM »
90% its the thermocouple or so called mili volt generator.
Basically it not giving out enough to keep the pilot going

Offline RevoltingVinyl

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Re: Pilot light on Furnace keeps going out
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2016, 01:08:29 AM »
My parents have a Dowagiac steel furnace in their home. They recently found the original manual that went with it,  circa 1952. I want to replace it for them... But my father argues that he wants to have it fixed.  They have had the same problem with the pilot going out.  My question is first... Did you find out what the problem was with your furnace or just replace it?  If you did get it fixed what was the problem and where did you find the part?