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Dayton 3e219e unit turns on and fan blows for apx 5 sec but will not light. I did just put a new inginter on it any ideas?

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  • Cntrctr Dec 23, 2008

    I have the same problem. I followed the instructions, checked the eye, cleaned the filters, etc. But my heater still will not ignite. Ant other suggestions?



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This is normal operation for this heater IF it does Not light. This has a photo 'eye' that looks for the flame and if it does not see the flame it will shut the unit down. It could be one of a few things. First.....Does the ignitor get hot and 'glow' cherry red? If not, either the ignitor is bad or the ignition board may be bad. You can check this by removing the top and watch it (the ignitor)while you plug it in, just be careful for the fan as it should start. If the ignitor glows then it is not the ignitor or the board. At this point you can make a sure bet it is in the air pump circuit. There are several filters in this unit. Very carefully take the four screws out of the back to remove the cover( it is a rectangle piece about 3 inches by five inches by 1.5 inches...about as this is off the top of my head) These are very fragile so be VERY carefull. There are three filters in this. One is removeable from the outside before anythis is disassembled. It is like a sponge and must be cleaned on a regular basis. Inside there is a cork like gasket TAKE CARE NOT TO BREAK IT. If you kreak it you must replace it. They do not work very well spliced together. Now that you are inside check the other two filters. One is very small like the size of a pencil eraser or smaller. Note where it came from so you can replace it afler you clean it. The other one is quite larger and is like a piece of filter paper. When it is new it is white. They clog up with the carbon from the air pump. You can carefully try and clean it but your best bet is to just replace it. Next clean and inspect the cover. They do crack on occasion and when they do it is LIGHTS OUT for the heater. Look Very close as it may be just a hairline crack, but that is all it takes to stop this from operating. Take the hose that leads to the nozzle off at the pump and blow a little air through it and make sure you are getting fuel spray out of the nozzle. Make sure the fuel line is clear and the filter, if it has one and it should, is clear as well. Reassemble and be carefull on torquing the screws on the cover. If you over tighten them SNAP the cover cracks and it's LIGHTS OUT again. The majority of these that I have worked on, about 98% the problem was either the inner filter and/or the cover was cracked. GOOD LUCK

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I posted previously after carefully following the cleaning process. I found a parts supplier and spoke with Tech support. Going through the problem with them they mentioned the disk behind the filters that siphons the fuel out of the tank. My fan rattles when spinning. I dismantled the filter compartment and exposed a shattered pump disk. I should have the part and a filter kit in a few days!

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