Question about Reddy Heater-30-55,000 BTU Variable
I have a reddy heater 170c that switches on,heats up for approx.2-3 mins,then shuts down and blows a puff of smoke.i will switch it off,wait a few minutes and the same thing happens.i have heard many remedies to the problem.i have cleaned the fuel tank and even added a fuel filter.someone recommended a thermostat.please help me
Roger Becht has the best (and cheapest) solution to try first. Bend a Q tip to reach the photo cell with out removing it and swab it out. It didn't come back filthy but I bet it had just enough dust on it to cause it to malfunction. This procedure fixed mine with the same problem. Also, I bought a low pressure gauge and checked the pump pressure, and it was 5.5 psi instead of the specified 5.1. They say that's pretty critical.
Posted on Dec 02, 2008
There is a photo cell in many heaters to detect the light of the flame. Try cleaning or replacing the cell. If it can't see the light it will shut down the unit.
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
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