I have no clue whether or not you have the same gas valve as I do (do you have an old water heater?) but I have a slightly different problem with the pilot light. Most people I've talked to say my problem sounds like a thermocouple issue. I'm going to replace the thermocouple and see if that will fix the problem; but here's the point... The model of gas valve you have sounds like one that was recalled for being defective and leaking gas. Don't panic! It may not be the same one... Chec to see if it was mfr'd. by Robertshaw's, and if so, go to www.CPSC.gov and look for 81-005 to see if your gas valve warrants a free replacment!