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Infra red heaters wont stay lit flame in the tubes

This heater is new ,everytime i light both heater heads they stay lit for a few minutes then the flame seems to go back in the tubes behind the screens .is what they call flashback if so what is the problem and how can i fix it ?

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I purchased the same heaters and encountered the same problem. I found the problem to be with the gas. I purchased a new tank from a different retailer and the heater now works fine. Not sure if there was condensation in the tank or what the difference was but this worked for me.

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Have you tried to heat up thermal couple for a couple of minutes. It takes a few minutes for the flames to actually starts heating thermal couple you might have to move thermal couple a little closer to heater flames

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