We have a propane powered vent less gas log set in our home. It came with the
house( so its probably a cheaper model) and is about 16 months old as is the
house. It has a standing pilot light. Our problem is that when we have to change
propane tanks it is almost impossible to get the pilot light operating again.
We have tried everything in the book and still no pilot light restart. The last
time we ended up calling the service company and the tech bled the gas line at
the unit. Is this a common problem with vent less units or do we have a
defective unit? Also do they make vent less units with out a pilot light?
I would love to put in a vented system but that is cost prohibited for retired
people like us!
Any suggestions etc would be appreciated!
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:44:05 AM UTC-5, ENZO's DAD wrote:
I'm not an expert, but I have worked on a few and have lit many more. I hav
en't seen any newer models that have a standing pilot light (only). They ha
ve a piezo-electric starter that lights the pilot while you hold a button d
own. (which you have to hold down for a minute) You probably have a bad the
rmo-couple, which is the bulb/tube device that the pilot heats to keep the
gas valve functioning.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:44:05 AM UTC-4, ENZO's DAD wrote:
I take it you're using the small 20lb tanks? So the problem is that the
flame goes out and air gets in the line while switching tanks. Then
depending on how long the line is, I guess it could take a long time
of holding the valve and trying to light it before gas will get there.
Simplest solution might be to learn how to bleed the line like the
tech did. Maybe plumb in a pipe with a valve that makes it easy to
bleed. I wonder how many people use these with tanks that have to
be changed versus having propane from a big tank that serves the whole
house. Sounds like the manufacturer might not have thought about this
problem. What did the tech say? Usual or unusual? Maybe something
isn't right with the unit too.
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