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My sta rite heaters power up, start the flow of propane, but dont

They dont ignite. they are getting elcetricity, but hey dont ignite and start heating. they were working fine last week and now they are not working.

Is there any way to get them to ignite?

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  • kb80900 Dec 27, 2008

    where is the heating element?

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The heating element is not working properly . The element can get coated with certain minerals .You need to clean the heating element with a brush.

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