Not long ago, the pilot light sought out on my mom's water heater. I was taking a shower, i noticed the water wasn't sizzling hot. My mom told me there wasn't hot water for dishes either, which is when we noticed the pilot light was indeed out. Now, it sounds like something very easy to fix, but you should see three ladies and a man who doesn't know anything about plumbing fixtures or maintenance stand around observing a water heater trying to figure out how to ignite the pilot light.
It did look more challenging than it would seem. After it had been lit and didn't remain on, we thought that there may be a bigger problem. The lake heater after all is 20 years old. So my cousin came onto check it out for us, and that he started by trying to light the pilot light yet again.
After giving it a go, he stated that he was confident that it was the thermal coupling that must be replaced. He told us it absolutely was a cheap part and a cheap fix, and then we all breathed a sigh of relief that we weren't having to face a new water heater installation at this time.