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I'm trying to get my heater going this season. The pilot lights fine and heater will kick in but will only run 30 seconds max before it quits and I have to restart it. I've done this at least 20 times in a row. Any suggestions? Unit is only 2 years old

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Does this have a fan attached to it or does the heat just stay around the unit. Does this have a thermostat or is it manually turn it on and off?

Is this in the garage or house?
1) Make sure no fans are operating when you do this.
An external fan can either **** the pilot off or blow it out.

2) Make sure if it has a thermostat that the sensing bulb located on the back is not picking up external
heat source.

3) If it has an external sensing bulb, put it in a bucket
of cold wtaer. Then try to light the pilot

Posted on Jan 15, 2010

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