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Old 09-03-2012, 09:00 PM  
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How often should a thermocoupler be replace on a hot,water tank? We have replaced ours about 4-5 times in 4 yrs. Is something wrong? Our house is new, 4 yrs old.

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:50 PM  
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Not sure what the problem could be but, 4-5 times in 4 yrs is excessive

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Old 09-04-2012, 08:14 PM  
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Possible the pilot may be too high and burning it up?
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:23 AM  
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If only 4 years old, your thermocouple probably has a diode attached to it, that may be part that is actually being damaged.
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Have all your replacements been same brand? Another brand may be more rugged and dependable.
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Sounds like they are being severely abused by some as yet unfound root cause.

Measure the voltage output of your thermocouples to check what temps. they are seeing. Common voltages are 25 mV up to 750 mV and when they are turning on a gas valve the voltages may drop to half.

also check the current flow. (Edit: this is nearly impossible without special equipment).

As circuits go this cannot be much simpler.

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