I read this thread and I can light my patio heater but the pilot light will not stay lit after the on/pilot/med/high know is un-depressed. I put the knob on med or high with a lighted flame where the pilot light is and nothing happens. Any ideas?
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The thermocouple has to be in contact with the flame at all times when pilot is lit, this heats up and sends mill-volts back to the safety valve to keep the gas on, if not it won't let the gas through, otherwise you need to clean the pilot or replace the thermocouple if everything else is ok..
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There is a thermocouple that detects that there is a pilot flame so that main gas won't come on unless there is a pilot. That thermocouple is faulty. These are available from a plumbing supply house. The thermocouple will be attached right in the flame from the pilot and connects back into the gas valve.
The thermocouple is bad. That is the part right next to the pilot light that sense's the flame and hold the gas valve open to the pilot. Take the old thermocouple off and go to hard ware store and get a 18" one of what ever length you need and replace. 5 dollar part.
I'm told by Charmglow that the problem is the Thermocouple. iHowever,it took me several calls to get someone to admit this. They are sending a new thermocoupler. My heater is less than a year old and under warranty--but it's a shame things like this happen.
Originally I was told it could'nt be the thermocoupler as they normally last at least 5 years.