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Desa International GWRN18 Infra-Red Wall Mounted Panel Heater smells of gas

The gas heater is leaking. what to do?

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If it has not been run for several months it could be dust burning off.

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Check manual, get LP conversion part number than order. If no manual look online under the model number and look up.

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Yes, click on the following link and it will take you to Master Distributors. They stock DESA/Vanguard parts. Sorry that you'll have to pay for something that was supposed to come standard with the heater. http://www.vanguardheaters.com/

Be sure you have your Model Number handy when ordering.

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