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Pilot light keeps going out! difficulty lighting

Vulcan Heritage Heater pilot light keeps going out! difficulty lighting it! should i clean it? broken radiants. how to open front?

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Dirty pilot, you may need a contractor.Tom

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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