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PRO-COM MN180HPA Heater- Ceramic Panels not "heating"

We have three of these units in our home. One still works very well but two of them have had a problem. One of the panels on each is not heating. It is almost like the flames are not reaching the ceramic. Can I service my own heaters and if so how can i fix this problem. Or do i have to call a professional

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You would need to replace the complete burner,call a sevice tech

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the gas feed pipes have large air induction holes that a small blow gun can fit its nozzle into to blow out the gas feed pipes without
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I took my gas feed lines to the ceramic burners all apart, only to get out a spider web that i could have blown out with compressed air and saved myself 2 hours work.

anything inside the gas feed pipes to the ceramic burners will result in dark spots or the panels not staying lite, irratic burning
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