Do ALL burners do this the same? And when you turn one on and it builds to full flame, if youturn another on, what happens?
Yes all burners will do the same. Once the initial burner(s) come to full strength, any follow-on burners will turn on full right away... have only had the unit a year or so.
Sounds like a bad regulator
Once you get it flowing then you are good, that is why subsequent burners light fine
The regulators aren't expensive but if you have to pay someone to change it gas work is pricey
Can you change it yourself?
Probably - installed the unit myself...
Yeah you put the regulator on at some point then anyway
is this at all a safety issue? Something I need fixed ASAP?
Not really, but it will likely get worse
If you smell no gas, your not in danger
If you had a leak it would likely stay low not build up, there is a spring in the regulator, that once it starts flowing it seems to open the spring farther and work.
It's likely that spring will start sticking and cut the gas off all the way
leaks were the first thing I checked... then my other heaters to ensure they were working fine.
I do tell people on here to turn the unit off and call for service ASAP ..... However your seriously not in danger, I would use this in my home this way until I got a day off and time to do it
I wouldn't plan on leaving it for years, it won't work that long, but I would use it days or maybe weeks
Thanks - appreciate the help.
I can't seem to find a regulator for you, but take yours off and goto the parts house (appliance not home depot) and they will have one, There are only 5-10 different ones, and all parts houses stock them all