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Desa TD 104 Patio Gas heater

Light heater- it works for about 1 minute then it makes a loud hissing sound and main burner flames, doesn't burn properly, also smokey. Also live in Toronto, Canada need parts and or service

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    synbad_jr_42 Apr 13, 2012

    i have the same problem did you find a solutiona did you have to put new parts in? i can not findthe parts for thse great heaters

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Sounds like you may not be getting enough gas up to the main burner. Bugs, such as spiders, love to make homes out of the main supply lines. Does your pilot light burn blue, and strong? If not, it may need to be cleared of the obstruction. Also, when opening the the gas tank valve, are you opening it slowly?

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