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#9528 - 10/17/01 11:54 PM Thermopile vs. thermocouple
Anonymous
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I think I got ripped off by the plumber -
He came today and fixed my heater which had the problem of the pilot going out when the heat was turned on. He told me it was the thermocouple, I thought, but then he wrote "thermopile" on the service sheet. I read here somewhere that a thermocouple goes for ten dollars - it took him 20 minutes and then charged $287!!!! If I had know, I would have done it myself.

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#9529 - 10/18/01 03:10 AM Re: Thermopile vs. thermocouple
Anonymous
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A thermocouple is one single unit that produces about 40 milivolts or so a thermopile is many thermocouples tied in series which produces about 500 to 750 milivolts, it's like putting batteries in series.
I have not purchased a thermopile for some time but I can't believe they would be over $20.
Is that all he did?

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#9530 - 10/18/01 03:44 PM Re: Thermopile vs. thermocouple
Harold_hydronicnetwork.net Offline
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Registered: 07/03/01
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You are correct in your description of the difference between thermocouple and thermopile, and less than $20 is usual for them. You would want to ask the plumber how he arrived at the billing charge. Some plumbers have very high regular hourly rates, even higher off-hour and holiday rates, and may be worth their expertise. That proof will come in time.
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#9531 - 10/18/01 10:00 PM Re: Thermopile vs. thermocouple
Anonymous
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Thank you both for replying. It does sound like a thermocouple - and I have the old one to prove it (just two wires leading from a black small plasic piece on one side and the other side has one wire that leads to a single solid cylinder that sits at on the pilot light.
The Plumber I used if from a company that has fixed rates, no hourly rates. The thermocouple is clearly designated as $99. I can't believe, even if it is a thermopile, that it would be much more than that.
Thank you both again for replying

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