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My torpedo heater starts and ignites but the flame pulsates and will shortly trip to unit breaker, whats wrong?

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As soon as I turn on my heating unit, it trips the breaker. The heating unit will come on and in a matter of a second, it trips the breaker. What's wrong and what can I do?

Heating element short circuited. Or wires to heater may be loosen or short circuited. Check your breaker also. Sometime, due to defective breaker also it happens.

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Electrical short in heater

Hi, Are you saying that the breaker trips after the heater goes off? Normally, if you have a dead short in the system either on the control voltage side or the high voltage supply, the breaker will trip on start up, or shortly after lets say if a motor is over amping and getting ready to die.If this is an open flame heater with a forced air blower, after the space and thermostat are satisfied, the blower will continue to run for a short time to let the heat exchanger cool down before the fan control shuts it off. If this is when the breaker is actually tripping, after the heater shuts off, I would take a look at the breaker its self. It could be that the wire connections at the breaker have heated up over time, and is causing it to trip on you. You can remove the cover to excess the wiring and check to see the condition of the breaker, burned or over heated spots ect. Also, turn it off and take a screw driver to the wire or wires and make sure they are good and tight. If they are aluminum, they can be a real problem as it is out lawed to install in new construction anymore, but I see a lot of it out there, and it will over heat fast if it is loose. If you have this, buy yourself a tube of nolox at Home Depot and put some on the exposed areas of the aluminum. Keeps it from oxidizing. If you have copper conductors, just make sure they are good and tight, and the breaker is in good condition. This may be where you're problem is if it trips after going off. Sounds like it will hold through the heating cycle and is heating up at the same time, as it is drawing amperage, and trips just at shut down. This is unusual but I would start there. Please get back to me on this so I can get this solved for you. Just follow my steps at this point. With the breaker off, there is no power at the screws for you to get shocked, but always use caution. Let me know. Sincerely,

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My reddy heater R50,(50,000btu)when started will

the unit is working exactly as designed , the system is noticing that the unit has not fired so it shuts down so there is not a lot of unburnt fuel everywhere.
try to find out why the unit is not igniting . is the igniter sparking continually

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