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Your unit has a air pump behind the electric fan motor. This pump is what produces low pressure air across the nozzle which causes a suction for the fuel pick up tube from the tank. Check your fuel filter first. If you are not getting any fuel spraying out the end of the heater, your air pump needs to be looked at. There are carbon vanes on a rotor inside the pump. They could be stuck in the slots of the rotor. Don't mess with any of the plastic plugs on the back cover unless you have the tools to test. Just remove the steel screws that hold the cover on. There will be another set of screw inside,remove them to get to the rotor and carbon vanes. If they are not stuck, your air pump may just need to be turned up. You will need a 10 lb. pressure gauge to test the pressure. It screws in to the 1/8" threaded hole (usually has a plasic plug) thats where the gauge screws in. The pressure on most heaters is 5.5 to 6 lbs. setting. The adjustment is the plug above the gauge test port. Turn clockwise to increase pressure/ counter clockwise to decrease pressure. Be careful because this will also increase more fuel to the combustion chamber. If turned up to high, you will get a large flame shooting out the end of the heater. If you do not have experience with working on the heater, and do not feel comfortable doing it, get someone else to help you that does. Good luck.

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