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Low flame when the water heater is running i cant dry clothes or cook because the flame goes down. i cant use central gas heater due to low pressure when any othe gas appliance is on. every thing is natural gas. any ideas what it could be thanks danny

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The best way is to get a gas fitter to check the millibars coming through the pipe. it should be 20 miliibars at the meter or more and not less than 19millibars at the cooker. if its less it needs bigger pipe. simple test to do. if its wrong at the meter the gas supplier must turn it up.

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