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Reddy Heater 70 (Kerosene) won't start

I just purchased a 70000BTU Kerosone heater. I plug it in a 110v inverter that's connected to my car's 12v outlet.

When flipping the switch ON on the heater, the fan turns sporadically, starting and stopping all the time - no flame either.

I'm trying to start the heater in very cold weather and was wondering if temperature was a factor for Reddy Heaters, or if the inverter (a 300watts model) did not produce enough power (I'm thinking the Reddy Heater fan doesn't draw that much power ).

Any comments welcome.

Norman

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  • norman_godin Jan 10, 2009

    Thanks,



    I changed my 300w inverter for a 400watts model...same problem.

    How much power *is* required to start this thing ?

    (I do not have access to a regular 110v outlet in the field and I'm trying to avoid the purchase of a bulky gas generator).



    Insights ?

  • norman_godin Jan 10, 2009

    Thanks a lot for your quick response.

    Guess I'll have to buy yet another inverter.

  • norman_godin Jan 10, 2009

    Although the booklet's spec sections for my RC70ET says motor requires 2.8 amps for 'normal run'.



    ...

  • norman_godin Jan 12, 2009

    Problem solved.

    Needed to hookup inverter to my car's battery poles instead of 12v outlet (accessories) inside the car; which isn't powerful enough.



    Thanks



    Norman

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In the same temperature range that is giving you trouble, run an ext cord (110v) from a known good household circuit and plug the heater into the cord. If the heater runs OK, then the inverter is your problem.

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  • Jerry Magee
    Jerry Magee Jan 10, 2009

    Look on the label on your heater. Amperage will be listed. Most of these heater require around 4 amps to start. Do the math. 4 amps x 120v = 480 watts. Go get a bigger inverter or do what I suggested- find house current.

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