Question about Reddy Heating & Cooling
My "new" 30-55,000 propane heater will not stay running after I let go of the fuel valve button after the 15 second start up procedure. it is only 11 months old! it ran perfect last season. i bought it new.
All gas heaters have a thermocouple that sits in the path of the pilot light if the unit does not have automatic electronic ignition and may have one then too.
Pressing the button on the valve assembly to start it bypasses this safety for lighting but if the thermocouple is bad, the unit won't stay lit.
Thermocouples are pretty reliable but I'm sure the Chinese have managed to make them poorly enough to destroy the reliability and I suspect these are mostly coming from there now.
If your unit uses a pilot light, check it and look for a closed-end rod sitting in the path of the flame. This device will likely have a thin (and fragile!) tube connecting it to the valve body. Don't kink this tube while handling.
If you have a multimeter at home (everyone should; under $20 at Radio Shack or any auto parts store) you can measure it. If it is good, it should measure a very low resistance; under 10 Ohms on the lowest scale. Most hardware stores carry replacement TCs but you may have to dig through several shapes to find one that will mount in your heater.
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
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