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My reddy heater will run for a minute and then quit ?

I took off the top cover and it would run longer but the minute i put it back on it would shut off immediately . im seriously confused on this one please help . thanks

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Checkfor an air leak somewhere in the system. Just the slightest little bit will cause this kind of problem. Possibly a loose fitting air line, or a crack in the burner head- Doesnt take much of a leak. Best way is to use soapy water and just look fr the bubbles. Watch out for the fan blades!!!!!!!!

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Will run with top cover off, when you put the top cover on the heater shuts off

This must be the night for Reddy heaters!

Here is my research for some other fellows with their Reddy's-- Let me kow if it helps -- or if you need something more hepful--

Reddy Heater - Troubleshooting Torpedo Heaters

If you brought the heater to our shop, and gave the above description, the first thing that we would do is check the air pump pressure.

Then, if the pressure is correct (not just close) we would check the photocell for signs of insect nest or something similar blocking the view of the eye.

You must troubleshoot to find out if the problem is fuel related or electronics related- maybe these tips will help (click for link).

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Turn on .runs 6 or 7 minutes,then shuts off. Push reset button;runs another 6 or 7 minutes then shuts off does this all day long Getting pissed off. What s the problem? We have 4 reddy heaters doing this.

Calm down and lets do routine maintenance this is what I do each and every year. Remove the top half of the burner tube, this exposes the burner tray. Locate the flame sensor these collect carbon,dirt,and the occasional insect nest. Now clean the flame sensor with windex and a soft terry cloth rag, make sure it has a clear unobstructed view of the flame. Next is the fuel nozzle, locate it and remove it,they say that you can not clean these, I say carb cleaner, q-tips and tooth pick work fine, clean the nozzle.Behind the nozzle there should be a screen these corrode while in storage some times clean it and now reinstall the nozzle assembly. Inspect the fuel lines for cracks, dry rot or holes, do this back to the fuel pump. Replace the top half of the tube and remove the side cover on the side where the fuel line drops thru, in doing this you should now be able to see the fuel filter. Remove the filter and using a compressor and an air gun blow air backwards thru the filter, now it is clean put it back in line, finish inspecting fuel line to the tank making sure it is submerged in the fuel. Put the side cover back on. Last is the air filter on the rear intake, it is usually a foam filter, wash it out dry it real good put it back in. Now you plug in your heater and it should now run like new. Good Luck and take your time this is not that hard.

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Heater does not fire or run while top cover is on. take it off it runs perfect try to put the cover on while running it shuts off.

The air pump pressure could be off a little causing incorrect fuel delivery. Follow this link for instructions.


The nozzle could be worn to a point where a spray is being produced rather than a fog. By removing the top lid you are changing the aerodynamics and the safety system likes the color of the flame (falsely). Replace the nozzle. Follow this link.

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