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Patio Heater constantly goes out for no apparent reason

I have a Patio Sense heater that worked great for about a year and a half. Now it will light and burn anywhere from 3 minutes to 10 minutes and on rare occasions - an hour and then just cut off and not relight for 10 or 15 minutes. I have cleaned with air and tried multiple tanks to no avail. Patio Sense says I have to spend 80 bucks plus shipping and buy a whole new head. Any one know of a less expensive way to fix this problem? Thanks

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I wrote this for another person with a heater problem and thought it may help you as well.

Before you go changing parts, clean up the pilot assembly. When you heat metal and let it cool and heat it again it causes it to corrode. Also for some reason these areas seem to attract little spiders who make their homes here. This causes gas flow problems which in turn could affect the size and direction the pilot flame. For if it does not touch the thermocouple, thermopile or whatever that little thingy is called that tells the gas valve to allow the gas to flow...it will not tell the gas valvle to let it flow. Remove the corrosion, spiders, spider webs and any other insects then sand the thermocouple, thermopile or whatever that little thingy is with a rough sandpaper to remove corrosion. It will likely work after that.

I had them do the same thing. The gas flow problem caused a week pilot. Any slight breese pulled the pilot off of the thermocouple and out it went.
Pull the gas line off of the pilot and make sure you have good gas pressure when you press the pilot button. If you feel, hear and smell it it is good gas pressure.

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