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I have a 170 t ready heater and it is not burning clean alot of fumes what can i do to tune it up

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When I turn the tempture setting down 1/2 way or below it will shut off. when turned up it will restart. no signal lioghts flash

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

  • darrel mueller Sep 30, 2012

    On a RD170T heater when I turn the tempture setting down 1/2 way or below it will shut off. when turned up it will restart. no signal lights flash

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One of two things, a high heat limit control or the flame sensor, also check your air line that runs to the heater nozzle could be cracked, not enoughair to fuel mix will make it burn dirty.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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SOURCE: raw propane fumes and burning eyes

Ours didn,t burn liquid propane too well, so ccheck your connections on your tank for vapor or liquid.

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The air/fuel adjustment is not correct......this is adjusted by the air press setting...


Here are a couple of tips that I wrote that tell you how to troubleshoot a Torpedo or Reddy heater...

Reddy Heater - Troubleshooting Torpedo Heaters



Torpedo Heater Pump Pressure Adjustment


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Posted on Feb 05, 2011

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The fuel/air mixture is not right.

  • Start by setting the pump pressure to factory specs.
  • 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.

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The fuel/air mixture is not right.
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Generally a kerosene heater will put out a strong smell for a few minutes after it is first lit, and for a few minutes after you put it out. Generally, it will be much stronger after it's extinguished. I usually extinguish mine and immediately set it out on the concrete porch to keep the smell out of the house.

Opening a window for a few minutes right after lighting the heater will help with the fumes at startup.

If your heater is constantly putting off fumes, even after burning for a little while, then it may be time to burn the wick dry. This should be done every few months anyway as general maintenance.

First, siphon all the fuel from the tank. You will need to disassemble the heater and gain access to the top of the wick. Raise the wick to it's highest point and use your fingers or a flat nosed pair of pliers to break up the hard black tar coating on the top of the wick. The smaller you can break the coating, the faster it will burn off. Once thats done, reassemble your heater, raise the wick to it's highest point and light it. It will probably burn for an hour or two because it will first burn all of the fuel soaked up in your wick, but then it will burn off the tar. Finally, it will go out.

After this, you should be ok, to refill your heater and relight as normal.

If you find when you disassemble it that the wick has a hard tar ring down inside, you may have a hard time breaking that up and cleaning it. It is possible... But I would probably just replace the wick.

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