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Heater keeps trying to run 10 to 15 seconds smoking out the front then it will kick off the reset , i try it again an it does the same thing with it spraying fuel out the front, an i keep trying sometimes an then it will catch up an run, what could be the problem ? it is a ready heater R155 it fires off of spark plug

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SOURCE: I have an older 50,000

Hi,

The flame sensor is not working...


Here are a couple of tips that I wrote that tell you how to troubleshoot a Torpedo or Reddy heater...

Reddy Heater - Troubleshooting Torpedo Heaters





Torpedo Heater Pump Pressure Adjustment


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