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100,000 btu therm controled heater

Installed new ignitor. have a good fuel spray and glow but it will not light

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  • glflvr07 Oct 28, 2008

    blows fuel but no ignition can light with torch but will not light on its own

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What did you set the air pump pressure at? This is critical on heaters with Hot Surface Technology. Setting the pump pressure is always the FIRST place to start troubleshooting on these heaters.

Here are some things that can prevent ignition even though there is fuel & glow:

  1. wrong air pump pressure
  2. the nozzle is restricted & distorted not allowing fuel to contact the glowing ignitor
  3. the nozzle is worn. It should produce a cone of fog, not a spray.
  4. there is water in the tank below the fuel.

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1.) Fuel: Sufficient, and right type?

2.) Has the unit fired and run before?-- What is different in sounds, or settings now?

3.) How does this unit ignite the fuel?-- With Spark, or with Glowing ignitor?
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If Glowing ignitor, -- can you see the glowing? (in a darkened room..)

4.) Can you see that Kerosene is spraying at the nozzle?-- is the pattern correct?

5.) Have you check fuel and air pressure settings-- according to the manual?

After observing these details-- let us know what other clues you are observing now.

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And the shutting down is good, if the flame does NOT ignite--- :-)
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How about checking the fuel pressure. and the air -- is it correct?
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This is going to be a tough one. You have been thorough, done it right, and it damn sure ought to fire off every time!

There is something that is causing you a problem and don't think that because you put in new parts that you didn't get a bad part. It happens. Not often, but it does happen. I have rec'd nozzles from the factory that had the orifice installed sideways, so, I know it happens.

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