Flame is too high

Flame is too high

by Dorinda
(Garden Valley, Ca. USA)

When I light the pilot light and turn the knob to the "ON" position it pauses for about 3 seconds before flame ignites but when it does it seems like its going to explode.. Continues to stay lit but with noise and flame looking not normal.. Is it still somewhat safe to just leave it and let water heat? It has done this before when lighting and I just left it alone long enough to heat up water.. After heating water I turned off valve to the propane tank.. Is there a solution? a safe one I might add?

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