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Fluttering on 4th panel

When I turn my heater on, it seems to work fine. Then when it goes off automatically and comes back on, the 4th panel sputters and poofs, then all panels glow like it should. I took the noozle off and checked it out. It looked ok. No blockage. I took a small compressor on blew gently on the panels and the orfices. Tried again and still acts the same, when turning back on automaticlly. Bought last Spring, when the weather was getting warm. It acted the same, back then, but forgot about it. I did call either, ProComm or Habour Freight, but they didn't do me justice. Need help, Jim

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It sounds like either the heater needs to be cleaned, but it sounds like you did that already. It also could be a crack in the panel. If it is a crack you will need to replace all the plaques because you cannot buy them separately. Sometime it can be expensive. I hope this helps!

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