Hi, I'm in Austin Texas and I own a house with a gas hot water heater in the attic. The problem I am experiencing is that pilot light frequently goes out. The frequency is once every 5-7 days.
I have tried to remediate the problem for 6 weeks with no luck. I have had the thermocouple replaced, the vents on the hot water heater cleaned, etc.
Two different plumbers now think there is nothing wrong with the unit.
The odd thing is that this problem just started happening, but nothing has changed to my knowledge except the hot water heater has gotten older. The hot water heater is only 4 years old.
I lived in this house for 12 years without a problem. I recently moved and I am now renting the house. As near as I can tell, my tenants are not doing anything different than I did when I lived there. My tenants are being patient about the problem, but we are all quite concerned.
I am out of ideas and while my vendors have some new ones I am losing trust in them.
My vendors have theories about what might help: cooling the attic, increasing air circulation, etc. I'm not really sure what to do next.
I could really use some recommendations from the board. Thx.