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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

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  • fardfollower Dec 09, 2008

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  • fardfollower Dec 09, 2008

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    my ready heater is still acting up.i finally got it and cleaned the photo cell.as i tried it,it doesn't seem to be drawing any fuel through the line.i have one of those clear inline filters so i can see the fuel.i pulled the fuel line out of the tank and put it in some fuel in a small can.i switched it on 3 or 4 times but i never got it to draw up any fuel.i would be so so so grateful to get this going.i know its a minor problem and as soon as i get so frustrated and toss it,the fix is gonna come to me.thanks in advance for any help and for those who are making suggestions,peace!!

  • Joseph Lillie
    Joseph Lillie May 11, 2010

    Good day and welcome to Just FixYa.
    Can I have the full Model Number, Please.
    I do not think it is your thermostat if the unit is coming on.
    Please post back.

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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.

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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.

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