I get lightheaded from the smell/fumes put out by this heater.
I have had this heater for several months (I use it occasionally) and I still am affected by the smell. It resembles fumes of a kerosene heater in it's affect on me. Should I try a non-ceramic heater instead?
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Your manufacturer, Toyotomiusa, recommends that you tighten all the joints on the fuel line. Your owner's manual CLICK HERE contains detailed drawings showing the location of all parts, including the fuel injector. Your unit will need to be serviced by a qualified technician if you have tightened the connectors and still smell kerosene or find wet spots under your heater. It should not leak or smell of kerosene. If you're smelling kerosene, you should not operate the unit, because the leak may cause a fire.
Open a window fast, carbon monoxide poisoning could cause death, and that has no smell ! are you getting headaches?? Contact manufacturer, they usually have a good warrenty. You must vent out the exhaust!!
Stop all air/vacuum leaks between the air pump & nozzle
If the problem persists, replace the nozzle. Desa recommended annual replacement. Simply stated- the nozzle wears out to a point that the fuel is a spray rather than a fog and the fuel can't burn completely.
You don't state the type being burned. Diesel smells more than kerosene.
Does it smell like raw kerosene or exhaust. If it smells like kerosene it sounds like you may have a fuel leak. If you can remove the grill, look inside and check for any kerosene in the bottom and in the tray under the heater. You should also check your fuel line for leaks. If it smells like exhaust look inside and on back of the heater for any black soot marks. There are a couple of o-rings, 1 in the exhaust connection in back of the heater and 1 in the flue pipe where the exhaust from the heater connects. There's also several gaskets in the combustion chamber that could be leaking. Hope this helps. If you need any more info, you can send me an email (email@example.com).