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Cannot get pilot light to remain lit. have blown out heater with can dust. it will light, but then go out when you let go of button.

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Hold down the pilot light button for about a minute and a half to generate the milivolts needed to prove a flame, or try sanding down the flame sensor, it could be dirty

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