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My portable propane heater keeps kicking off about 4-5

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my portable propane heater keeps kicking off about 4-5 minutes after I light it. the pilot light is not the problem: it goes out when the heater kicks off. Other than the pilot light should only be blue; instead it has an orange border around it.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: since back in the winter; but I had it in storage for the last 3-4 years.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: not as I know of. I would just like to be able to fix my heater.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Phil replied 1 month ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** flame indicates the air vent for the pilot burner is clogged with lint... and producing soot... and the soot has coated the flame sensor causing it to fail and shut down the gas valve. If you give me the brand name and fully model number I will see if I can locate the service manual for it.

We can go from there without any time limits.

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