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When pilot is lit and white dial is turned to ON, fryer will not ignite when the temp dial is turned from off to 350

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Make sure the knob on the gas valve is turned to the ON position after lighting the pilot. If the fryer won't come on.... 1. The pilot flame may be weak causing low millivolts. 2. The thermostat is failing. 3. The pilot flame may be good but the pilot generator may be weak causing low millivolts. As this unit operates on less than 1 (one) volt DC.... you can try to jump the thermostat leads on the gas valve to see if it comes on. If it does... change the thermostat.
Tom

Posted on Aug 16, 2010

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    If it has a robertshaw valve with a round knob make sure when you turn the knob it stops at on and off. If you can spin the knob around and around the knob is broken and is not turning the valve shaft. Don't laugh this happens all of the time. LOL

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