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Shutting off has been sitting all summer, changed filters, now once the lid is on it will shut off in few seconds but take the lid off and it runs great. what is up with that?

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  • boogie2 Dec 31, 2007


    We have used reddy heaters for over 20 years now.With the old style heaters,which had no built-in thermostat or computer parts,seemed to work great.We could store them over the summer and they would fire up first thing in the late fall.Now every year since the new model's we have to spend half a day at least to get one to fire up,that is if it will.Nobody want's to work on them because it is to much of a headache.Why did you change a quality product into a peice of junk?

    By the way,we have had to buy 3 new heaters in the past 4 years because of the fact.The old ones are just good for scrap metal.


    Nathan Randalls

    well hung drywall man

  • sundowner23 Nov 21, 2008

    Runs ok without the top on. Replace the top and the flame blows out.

  • aalimoman May 11, 2010

    I know the basic workings of the heater. Have gone through the gamut of possible causes. Checked for air leaks, set fuel pressure to spec w/gauge. Have strong spark, filters clean, fuel filter checked. Fuel lines connected correctly, photo cell cleaned. Damn thing will run WITHOUT the top on it and puff out with it. I do not see how the solution above address this issue.



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The kero heaters aren't really a pain to work on if you have a basic knowledge of what is to happen. Someone reported on one of their heaters that the motor armature was a tad oversized and wouldn't spin. He contacted the dealer and they supplied him with a new motor armature. reddy heat didn't issue a recall because they couldn't find the heaters. Ignition sources are the hot surface igniter or the spark plug type. The motor end air compressors are a vane type with close tolerances. The air pressure is 3.0 - 3.5 psi. The fuel nozzle forms a venturi that produces a vacuum that sucks the fuel up into it. the cad cell or photocell detects the ultraviolet in the flames and completes the lockout relay. no flame no woikee. the detector circuit has a solid state device called a triac. it is just a glorified motor contactor without all the movable contact stuff. it will carry 40 amps when its working right. you can bypass the safety circuit by jumping out the red wire and the black. the fan motor will run all the time.

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