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Without knowing exactly what type of heater you have, this is just a guess, that the sputtering you hear is the pilot light flame. In which case, the pilot is dirty and needs to be cleaned. If you can furnish more information as to the make and model number of your heater, I can help you more.

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

Testimonial: "Thanks for your information. I was hoping it was the pilot. It is an Evedure Brigadier"

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  • Rich Landrum Apr 05, 2011

    Glad I could help you. Do you know how to clean the pilot?

  • cass125 Apr 05, 2011

    No . I was going to look it up if I could find the booklet.

  • Rich Landrum Apr 05, 2011

    Cass, you'll need to turn the heater OFF and let it cool completely. Once it has, remove the front portion of the heater's cabinet and you'll has access t o all the inner workings. If your has ceramic plaques, carefully remove them. Use a vacuum that has a hose and a brush attachment to vacuum all of the interior of the heater, including the burner(s).

    To clean the pilot, a can of compressed air with a straw nozzle (like you clean your computer with, works well). Place the tip of the straw nozzle just barely into the tip of the pilot and give it a quick shot of air. Now, look down the pilot from the tip and about 1/2 way down, you'll see a small hole in the side of it. That's the ODS Sensor. Place the tip of the straw nozzle just barely into it and give it a quick shot of air. That will blow any debris out the other side.

    And finally, reinstall the ceramic plaques (if your heater has them), reattach the front of the heater cabinet and you're ready to light the pilot and put the heater back to work.

    FYI - What you just completed doing was what's called "Annual Maintenance". You should do it every Fall, before firing the heater up for the season.

    Hope this helps you get it accomplished. Have a great day!

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