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No fire I used it once and put it back in the box. It has been setting up for maybe 5 years. I'm guite sure I used Diesel in it the only time i used it. I dont suppose I cleaned it. The fan comes on. It has fire at the spark plug. The fire will not ignite, and as a result it seems to trip a reset switch. I shut it off and back on only to go through the same thing. i have a 170k btu kerosene heater by reddyheater.when i start it comes on for about 3-5 seconds and shutts off.would not stay on.when i turn it off and on again will do the same. pls kindly help me

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It has been a long time since i messed with one of these. i would suggest cleaning the nozzle and checking fuel filter the filter should be in the tank where line goes in.

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    they also have an updated igniter module on these also

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Your problem is most likely the lack of pressure from the air pump. Your pressure is extremely low. Pressure on a 100k heater should run 5psi. At 3psi there is not enough fuel and not enough air to atomize whats there. Bump the pressure up. If it won't come up, then you have an air leak. Test w/ soapy water. Keep your fingers clear of the fan!

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