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Was given a 165,000 btu reddy heater with a dry tank. unit used to run until the fan cover got bent, stopping the fan. the original owner fixed the cover but could not get the unit to work after that.. that's why he gave it to me. cleaned the filter, looked at the flame detector, cleaned the fuel disperser. when turned on, the igniter glows red, the fan/pump turns, however, no fuel is coming from the fuel line. i put only a gallon of fuel in the tank. didn't make sense to fill the tank just ot see if the unit would work. why am i not getting fuel? how do you check the pump pressure?

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You probably need to bleed the fuel line.Most likly looks like a brake bleeder valve..

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

  • sailingsolo Aug 06, 2010

    thanks for the reply, please, what is a break bleeder valve and where is it located?

  • ddrummerdan Aug 06, 2010

    between the Fuel tank and the Fuel Pump.I Have heard of this problem on a Diesel Burner..

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