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Starts runs for a minute two the shuts down and blowes smoke

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By design the heater will shut down anytime there is a flame-out. If there is a flame-out (fraction of a second) there is nothing there to re-ignite the flame because the ignitor only glows long enough to initially start the flame and the flame must keep itself going.

The black smoke tells me that the pump is still pumping fuel(?) into the hot chamber, therefore black smoke.

My suspicion is there is some water in the tank causing a momentary flame-out condition when it passes. I could be wrong because there are other causes, but this would be a good starting point.

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Posted on Nov 13, 2010

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Jerome kr406,

This is a classic problem with the reddy heaters. They have a filter which over time plugs up. This causes the air/fuel mixture ratio to change because the pump pressure is determined by the air bleed. As the filter plugs the air pressure drops and the fuel also drops meaning the burner is running lean. This eventually causes the unit to shut down and as you said smoke comes out. It is a fairly easy fix and I have a tip which will walk you through it at http://www.fixya.com/support/r4124129-yearly_maintenance_reddy_heaters . My tip will link you to the place to get the parts you need as well as how to perform the additional maintenance that these heaters require.

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My best guess is that you are are connecting to your AC receptacle with an extention cord that is too small. The Reddy Heater contains a computer that will shut the unit off if it cannot pull enough amps from your service. The longer the cord the higher the loss from receptacle to unit. This loss can be reduced by increasing the size of your extention cord. I run a 100' 10/2 cord.

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Sounds like a full services like its getting too much air,and blowing out the flame. Check your fuel filter,and add a new spark plug ,also change the vanes on the pump, thus aFuu service. these sould be performed every fall before .

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The white smoke is the kerosene fuel hitting the hot combustion chamber. Your flame has went out. The cause for this could be many. The first thing you need to do is check your fuel. Remove your fuel cap and look at the bottom of the tank for trash or water. Use a good flash light. It will all settle to the bottom. If so, drain and clean out your tank. Add fresh kerosene. Check your fuel filter. Replace if dirty. Test again. If problem continues, It is possible that your photo eye could be deffective or just dirty. It is located next to the ignitor or spark plug. It sees the flame. If the flame goes out, the unit shuts down. The flame has to be smooth (not sputtering). Water in the fuel will make it sputter and the unit will shut down. When the water/moisture in tank settles to the bottom, your suction fuel line is just off the bottom which results in it picking up the water instead of good fuel. Always disgard the old fuel from previous year and start with fresh fuel. This will cut down alot of your problems in the future.

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Check the air line and the fuel line. Look for cracks in the lines. Also check where the air line connects to the fan motor and fuel nozzle and the where the fuel line connects to the filter and the fuel nozzle. You need it to fit tight. If it is stretched out trim some from the ends and put them back on. This will help them fit tighter. Also check the fuel filter. If this doesn't help let me know and if it does don't forget to rate the answer.
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