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Patio heater won't light

I have a propane patio heater. It's about 5 years old and just won't light. I hold down the button that clears the line for about 6 minutes, but the pilot light won't light. When I hold in the button to light the pilot, I can see that something is blowing on the lighter I am using ( I am trying to do it manually ), but the pilot doesn't light. I can smell the propane and sometimes if I let go of the pilot starter and just try to light it, it will start up and burn for 20 seconds and then go out. Starter sparks as well, but doesn't light it.

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make/model??

Posted on Oct 15, 2007


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Hi ColdinSF,

You need to remove the covers from the unit and blow out the gas lines with compressed air. If you can remove the gas lines blow out the lines and what they connect to like the pilot light and main feed line to the burner. Usually they gunk up with use and just need to be blown out with compressed air to clear the lines again. Maybe you have some dirt or foreign object from your gas tank which has clogged the line. Also check the igniter electric lines as well and make sure everything is connected properly. Especially make sure you tighten the gas lines you remove. Hope this helps.

Regards
Bryan

Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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You have to hold the button down for 30 seconds at least before turning the knob to ON. If you are doing this and it still goes out after you let up on the knob, then it needs a new flame sensor, or thermocouple. Same thing different names.

Posted on Mar 06, 2008

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crappy pilot flame (not properly heating the thermocouple), bad thermocouple, thermocouple loose where it screws into the pilot safety valve, bad safety valve magnet.

One or more of those is the problem.

Oh...there is also a saftey switch...in case it tips over. It will also cause the pilot to not stay lit (if the switch or wires that go to i are faulty)

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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thermo-coupler (cheapest to fix) or valve

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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