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Propaneheater pilotlight keeps going out

Where U work we have 2 laundry rooms ,last year the pilot light kept going out due to moisture in the tank ,well the other one is acting up .I cleaned the whole unit , a local company came in and changed the high limit, ,checked the exhaust venting ,they said the gas valve is ok. my boss said they think there isn't enough outside air, the vent is directly behind the unit and it was open about 3/8 of inch , which it has been for about a year and a 1/2, they say its also because of the 6 dryers , but the room isn't used that much. my opinion is it goes out everytime we have really cold weather and we are again getting condensation in the line with a 1/2 filled tank / how close am I to possibly being correct .? should an additive be added to the fuel tank .? let me know a.s.a.p. please

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  • rlghandyman Jan 15, 2009

    the type of heater isn't exactly that brand but its close ,the heater is good but think its the fuel/h2o

  • rlghandyman Jan 15, 2009

    what are the problems with moisture in the fuel,how do you know ,symptoms

  • rlghandyman Jan 15, 2009

    thanks for answerind me so fast ,as far as the thermocouples, they did replace that, not saying its any good you never know as far as the air flow the vent was in the same position for who knows how long , if its ill-positioned who knows how long it would take to go out , our 's stays on for about a week sometimes a little less

  • rlghandyman Jan 15, 2009

    also the technician thinks its the dryers and the heater fighting for air dryers take it from the heater, everything is open and the dryers work fine and when I;m in there they both are great, the dryers may not work all the time the people don't always tell us everything

  • rlghandyman Jan 15, 2009

    the chimney was the first thing the tech checked, the exhaust tube comes off the top of the heater which is mounted directing to within 6 inches of the ceiling, and no landscaping has been done. the front cover is always on . last year we had an additive put in the fuel with a very similiar problem and it corrected it right away. but the fuel filters ,well there are't any and thats what we 've been discussing also.

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Thermocouples are either good, or bad. When the pilot stays lit after relighting, the thermocouple is good. I would suspect a downdraft problem. Has any chimney work been done? Do you have some of the exhaust tube (at least 3 - 4 inches) protruding into the chimney? Have you done ANY landscaping that could change the way air moves across the exhaust? Make sure you have the front covere on. It will prevent drafts & gusts from blowing the pilot out. Moisture in the tank shouldn't be a problem. The moisture will settle on the bottom of the tank but you draw your gas from the top. Make sure your fuel filters are all clean. They should be replaced every year. They are relatively inexpensive, compared to down time.

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  • David Shaub Jan 16, 2009

    It may sound stupid but, something as off the wall as a bad door closer could blow the pilot out. If you have a door that shuts faster than it used to, it could be creating a puff of pressure when it shuts. Slow it down and see if that helps.

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If you have a breeze, that can blow out a pilot.  If the thermocouple is weak or ill positioned(the pilot flame not in the center of the thermocouple rod), that will cause it to go out. Mosture or water in with the gas, insolate part of the line or see you supplier about why it would have mosture in it.  I donrt; know anything about additives. I would go with redirecting the outside air to avoid drafts.
I have had a lot of weak or bad thermocouples that caused the pilots to go out . They are cheep . Replace it. 

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