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Propane heater not heating

My heater is not heating, the pilot light stays on but there is no heat at all. i have 2 full tanks of gas. it is to heat a greenhouse, minimum of 12c. the bottles have never been below 6c

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-Thermo is not working. Replace new thermo.


Good Luck


Mai

Posted on Dec 04, 2014

  • Mark Griffin
    Mark Griffin Dec 04, 2014

    thanx, just wondering if i may have a blockage in the gas line?? resticted to a trickle (enough for the pilot) but to little for the main heat

  • Mark Griffin
    Mark Griffin Dec 04, 2014

    Add a Commentas i changed the hose ayt tyhe weekend, it could.ve had debris in it?? the unit is only 5months old!

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