Just got a Big Buddy heater. Took it home and fired it up. Seemed to work pretty good. took it out a couple of hours later and attempted to fire it up agian, but the gas knob would not go past Pilot, seems to be locked in that position. WTF is wrong with this thing!?!
Unfortunately, Mr. Heater does a very poor job of writing user manuals, I didn’t even know my unit had a quick connect until I saw it on the side of the box. As it turns out, the spring loaded fuel **** has three positions; full up for safety lock, fully depressed to select/ignite the pilot, and half depressed to select the heat levels. I guess it was just dumb luck that I managed to get it to work the first time since there is nothing in the manual about this. Since I discovered the third position (sheerly by accident) I have not had any more problems.
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I would question the Thermo couple. It pretty much runs the whole show. Inexpensive quick fix. It's the small tubing that is connected to the gas valve. The other end is a bulb that sits over the pilot flame.. Remove the old and match it up at the hardware store. Install new coupler ensuring bulb is directly over the pilot flame Common iten. The thermocoupler alks to the gas valve. If the pilot flame extinguishes (goes out) the bulb cools and shuts down the gas valve so the pilot gas feed doesn't permit raw gas to accumulate, avoiding the need emergency Services. . You will not get the heater to fire until the bulb is good and hot. The red push button ,when depressed will allow the pilot flame to be lit. Hold it down until the heater fires, indicating the T-coupler has reached its operating temp.Good Luck-Ned
For (fire) safety, there is usually a thermostat that will turn off the gas if pilot light goes out.
So when you try to light the pilot you will have keep press & hold the pilot gas supply for at least 10 sec until the thermostat is heated up. Then only when the pilot light stays on continually, can you turn on the burner.
Forget about changing to a High pressure regulator!
It's called the blower activation switch. It turns the blower on, when the heater reaches the proper temperature. The Thermocouple has nothing what-so-ever to do with the blower. It's simply a safety device for when the pilot goes out for some reason, it stops the gas from reaching the pilot. In other words, it locks up the gas control valve.
Most of the time, a "Limit Switch" stops the heater form overheating by shutting it down. However , these Sterling Heaters can be a little strange at times and what I would consider a limit switch, could be something different for Sterling. Check you Owners Manual to see what Sterling means by Limit Switch.
Hope this helps you to further troubleshoot the problem.
Remove the thermocouple from the end opposite to the flame, usually an 8mm nut. Give the little nodule at the end of the copper line a quick shine up with some wire wool (not to aggressive, its just to make a good electrical connection). Tighten it back up 1/4 turn past hand tight only. If that still doesnt work and the falme is nicely in the tip of the flame you will need to replace the thermocouple. Pretty simple job and they are usually about $30. Thermocouples do wear out.
The Reliance 606 has an enclosed thermal couple. Before you try taking that assembly apart take a wire brush to the bottom opening directly under the burner. There is a metal filter on the very bottom of the water heater. It could be that the filter has gotten filled with dust or animal hair. It took a serviceman 2 days to figure this out for me. The water heater has to have good airflow through that filter to work well.
Well, this happened to my son during the winter of 09 with my Buddy Heater, my heater sat around for months on my shelf hopefully ready to use, and the heater was not used in excess as it was. My son about froze off his body parts trying to camp last year, turns out a recomendation on a web site to use a Qtip Swab dipped in rubbing alcohol swabing inside the pilot orfice tube did the trick. Seems the sensor in the pilot tube area collects dust or some webs and this affects the sensor. I thought it was lack of oxygen when he called me with trouble but he already provided plenty of air for cumbustion saftey, but still the heater would run for short time then make a click/dink sound from unit and shut down. Anyway, tried it when he got back with it and sure enough, click/dink sound in a short time and off the heater went. After discovering this suggestion online it was the right answer because it has worked perfectly ever since, in fact heater was just used recently the weekend of March 20th-21rst 2010 up north here in Michigan. When they sit like mine did the pilot orfice tube collects dust that affects the low Ox sensor. By the way, before he took it recently I simply took canned air as a precaution and blew it out, at the very least this is going to be my standard maintance procedure with it EVERY TIME before it's off to a camping trip.
It's possible the gas is just turned off at the heater. Most gas heaters have a valve which turns off the burner while allowing the pilot light to remain lit.
Your heater should have a little decal that tells you how to start it up. It usually involves pressing a big red button while you turn the valve (to prevent accidental turn-on). If your heater has such a label, follow the instructions on it carefully, and the heater should come on.
If that doesn't work - then this is not a good problem to get solved on the Internet. Think about it: if you do something that causes a gas leak, you could be severely injured or killed just by breathing too much of the gas, or lose your home to explosion or fire.
Look for the restart label, but if you don't find it or you follow it and it doesn't work, PLEASE contact a trained plumber who handles gas. Good luck, be safe!
pilot light will stay on if it is a standing pilot. Turn water heater aqustat down and plug back in. you probably need to clean water heater or replace it. i have drained down a couple of them and took out gas valve and cleaned and put back in worked fine. If you get me a model # i can look it up and tell you some things to try. not sure on yours if it has a different temperature control or if the gas valve is a dual control .