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Old 01-02-2009, 11:11 AM   #1
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Anyone have a wall-mounted gas heater that won't stay lit?

We hav a Glo-warm wall-mounted gas heater.. and last night all of the sudden the pilot light keeps going out... it won't stay lit for more than 5 minutes.. even on the highest level. Ugh.

I've been car-less for the last 4 days with it in the shop (and now an unexpected $200 car bill ) and I would REALLY appreciate it if anyone had any ideas about this before we have to call in a handyman.

Anyone?

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Old 01-02-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone have a wall-mounted gas heater that won't stay lit?

we had the same problem w/ our ventless gas fireplace. dh jiggled some wires and took a pipecleaner (like the ones you used to use when making crafts as a kid in the church basement) to the pilot light. i wish i could better explain it, but whatever he did, it worked. gas fireplaces scare me, so i just stayed away from him while he was doing it. good luck.
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:18 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone have a wall-mounted gas heater that won't stay lit?

Thanks for your help. I'm hoping a little time with a "can of air" (like for the keyboard) will help things out. It IS pretty dusty in there.
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Re: Anyone have a wall-mounted gas heater that won't stay lit?

The pilot light needs enough air to help it get hot enough to trigger the heater to turn on. Its a type of safety measure, it shuts off the gas if the pilot can't get it hot enough.

If the air intakes are clogged, I would think canned air would work great. If not try a pipe cleaner like pp mentioned.

Do you need to hold down any button after it's lit? If so, hold it down for a longer period of time to give the pilot plenty of time to heat up.

Do you have plenty of gas? sometimes a low pressure in the tank can cause a lazy pilot flame. Is the valve from the tank all the way open?

Good luck and I hope you get warm soon!
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Re: Anyone have a wall-mounted gas heater that won't stay lit?

oh yeah, be sure there is no flame present when you use the canned air. No need for any explosions!!

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oh.. def. about the canned air + flame. WOOOSH! No thanks.

We have city gas (rather than our own tank)... and the gas stove is fine, the gas water heater is great. I'm hoping a little cleaning will help. But it's DH's job.. I'm so big I can't get down there!
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