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Unit will start, run about 5 seconds and

After 1 year of storage of two units of 55,000 BTU Kerosene/Diesel heaters, during attempts to start units, they start, run about 5 seconds and die. Everytime I repeat the starting process, they do the same thing. I also need to know if I could get a service and parts manual. These units were 1 yr old when the problem began. The units are now 2 yrs old.

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    model R55A works for awhile then stops... sometimes works for hour sometimes for 5 seconds

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You did not state the model numbers of the heaters, so a good guess is all that I can do. Manuals might be available, but models are a must.

By your description the heaters are Hot Surface Ignitor types, opposed to the older technology spark plug heater. Right or wrong? Technology is different & troubleshooting is different.

The heaters are shutting down because the photocell is not seeing the flame, or the flame color is not absolutely correct. The photocell tells the computer to shut the heater down for safety reasons. It's going to be your job to troubleshoot and find out what's wrong.

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