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Bernzomatic patio heater will not light?

Model PH3250N, plenty of gas in tank, blew out fittings, hoses with compressed air to remove possible spider webs. The connector to the tank leaks a bit, but teflon tape solved that problem. Not sure why it won't light? I changed batteries and hear the clicking but no ignition. It has been sitting outside, covered for past year. Worked great last year, but not this one.

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These had problems with purging air out of the system.that may take a while and make sure you have spark.

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