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Propane patio heater ignition problem

Patio Heater- Endless Summer Model -Push in to light pilot works fine, but when I release and turn to ignite the main burner the pilot light goes out and the main burner fails to ignite. Any help?

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  • dta5 May 27, 2009

    Thanks for the advice and information.
    I found the pilot cleaning instructions on the manufacturers web site www.bluerhino.com and just completed that. It now works like new. The thermalcouple was the next thing to try.


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I would change the thermocouple and here is why:

The thermocouple is the pilot's, well, co-pilot! It is the electronic device that senses if the pilot flame is hot enough to sustain burning the gas fuel from the burner. If the thermocouple thinks it's safe, then it keeps open the main gas valve located in the pilot assembly. If the thermocouple does not sense enough heat from the pilot flame (such as when the pilot is out), then the thermocouple shuts off the gas valve to the burners.
How the Thermocouple Works
So what is this thing and how does it work? Well the thermocouple (technically called a thermocouple junction) is a device that contains two metal wires welded at the ends and placed inside a protective metal case. The thermocouple sensor is found at the business end of the pilot flame and is designed to be placed in the hottest part of the flame. The other end is connected to the pilot valve body. As the thermocouple heats up, it produces a small amount of electricity and when it gets hot enough from the pilot, send a signal to open the gas valve by using a solenoid operated by a 24 volt transformer. The thermocouple calls the shots, and by converting heat to an electrical signal, it allows the gas valve to open or close. Once the gas valve is open, gas is then constantly supplied to the pilot and as required for the gas burners (as called for by the thermostat). If the pilot goes out, then the thermocouple gets cold and produces no electric signal to open the gas valve's solenoid and the gas valve shuts off the gas supply to the pilot and burners

Posted on May 27, 2009

  • Joe Hogan May 27, 2009

    Excellent. thanks for getting back. enjoy.

  • John Barrie
    John Barrie Feb 21, 2017

    There are 2 thermal links, 1 to the pilot light the other at the back of the heater. The 1 to the pilot light is good the other is possible bad.

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