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Kerosene forced air heater will not light, only hums.

I have a 60,000 BTU forced air Reddy heater. It has been setting for three years. When plugged in it only hums. Could this be the motor?
Is it possible it just needs to be freed up and oiled?
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Your problem may be as simple as the vanes of the rotor stuck to the pump body, or a rats nest binding the fan blade, or the starter relay being defective (if equipped ) . On the other hand, the bearings in the motor could be frozen up. The motor is not servicable and must be replaced. Start by disassembling the air pump, remove the vanes & rotor, then attempt to start the motor. If it still hums, then you have motor or relay problems.

If the vanes were stuck, clean it up, reassemble (no oil) , set the pump pressure.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008

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try this, take off the top cover. plug in the heater and when the humming starts, rotate the fan sharply with a screwdriver. keep your fingers away from the fan. if the fan spins under power your start winding is shot. get a new motor. www dot desatech dot com

Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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