Outdoor Patio Heaters - Most Common Problems

outdoor patio heaters

Outdoor patio heaters are an essential addition on freezing nights. This heater can make an evening most comfortable. But if you find in the evening, this heater is not in good working condition, it can be frustrating. Because of this it is better to learn the common signs of problems so that you can detect them earlier and call a professional to troubleshoot it as soon as possible.

Lack of Heat Generation

A patio heater has multiple components and all of those are required to perform well for heat generation. If you have found your heater is having issues with lack of heat generation, you should start by checking the gas supply and burner. There could be a problem with the burner and you may need to replace it. If you see a spark after it turns off; it could be a gas supply problem. With all of these issues it is best to call a professional. Upon trying to fix it on your own, you could make the problem worse.

Problem with Gas Cylinder

There is also the possibility that the gas cylinder is empty and that is why it does not ignite. You need to fill up the tank otherwise outdoor patio heaters will not work. If there is a problem with the gas cylinder, you can replace it or can ask professionals to repair it.

gas burner

Inspect Burners

The burners of these heaters are quite easy to assemble. Check the burners and clean them regularly to remove debris and another clogging. Remember to check the burner apertures are set in the right way. Do not forget to check the chamber beneath the burner.

Check the Regulator and Gas Pipe

The regulator takes gas to the burner and if this feature is not working, you need to repair it. You should also monitor the gas pipe as if it is leaking you would also need to fix it as soon as possible.

The Pilot Light

One common issue with the heaters with the pilot light is a failure of thermocouple. This part has an inverted V shape and is located on the light. The temperature helps to ensure proper gas supply for the thermocouple. So, if the pilot light is not in good condition, it will not work.

patio heater

A Few Additional Tips

  • Make sure there is no dirt or dust around burner or pilot light. Keep those clean and away from insects.

  • The gas cylinder should be full and turned to the ON position. Moreover, check if the regulator is torn or not. If so, change it immediately.

  • In winter, try to use propane. It works better in the cold than butane.

  • If you have a non-replaceable cylinder, make sure to repair it for leaks.

For your outdoor patio heaters or issues related to it, contact American Propane. They are professional and proficient at determining the problem and fixing it right away.