Question about Reddy Heater-70,000 BTU Kerosene w/T'stat

2 Answers

Heater will not start. When plugged in, it just produces a buzzing sound. Kerosene is full, and fuses are good. What can I do?

Posted by Anonymous on

Ad

2 Answers

D. Floyd Kolb

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Reddy Master
  • 43,501 Answers

Hi,

Check for power to fan motor.....if there is power and motor does not go then the motor is bad...


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


heatman101

Posted on Feb 04, 2011

  • torpedo_jedi Feb 06, 2011

    what fuses are good? the glass fuse in your house fuse box, cause thats the only fuse involved in running this heater! Buzzing indicates transformer/spark plug ignition for your model, no fuses involved, only a circuit breaker.
    Stuck motor can be due to rotor/vanes interference like corrosion in pump housing.

  • torpedo_jedi Feb 07, 2011

    A bad motor start relay or inline motor capacitor can cause the motor to humm, 70K units and higher in DESA have such a device and should always be changed when you replace a motor. In the case of an inline motor start capacitor, it already comes wired into the replacement motor.

×

Ad

Dusty Ryan

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Guru:

    An expert who has written 7 tips or uploaded 3 video tips

  • Contributor
  • 28 Answers

Check if the fan spins when you plug it in. If the motor is sticking or binding up, the fan won't start spinning, and the pump won't operate, so the safety interlock will kick in shortly afterwards and shut it off again until you press the reset.
The lubricant on the motor shaft tends to get thick in the cold (when you're most likely to need it, natch), and it could prevent it from spinning up.

Remove the housing and see that the fan spins freely. If no one's been in there and tried adjusting the rotor clearances (possibly too tightly), chances are the lubricant on the shaft has gummed up.
Try some light lubricant on the fan side of the motor shaft, and check to see if it frees it up. The rear of the shaft is purportedlly permanently lubricated and not supposed to be re-oiled, but in my case, that was the part that caused the motor to stick in cold temperatures.
When this first started happening, I used to help the motor get started by flicking the fan blade as I started it up, to get it spinning, airplane prop fashion. Once it got started it warmed up and spun normally.

Got tired of that routine and I opened up the unit, removing the pump assembly in the rear. After spraying some light lubricant like WD-40 at the center shaft, accessible with the air pump housing removed, the fan spun freely again regardless of temperature.
The "proper" fix if you're to follow the instructions would be to replace the motor assembly, but if you check the price on it, you'll reconsider that.

So, first check if the fan spins freely by hand; if it doesn't, find out why. If it does, then you'll have to check the electrical connections and consider the possibility of a bad motor also.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011

Ad

Add Your Answer

×

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

All Pro Kerosene SPC-K50 runs intermittenly


This type of heater can be temperamental because they are often stored for long periods in unsuitable conditions, aren't serviced very often and the remnants of fuel are left inside the tank during storage.

Kerosene has a fairly high natural water content, the tank is vented and normal air pressure changes will allow further moisture and dirt to enter the heater.

Good heater operation depends on very clean and uncontaminated fuel. Tiny dirt particles and contaminants can corrode, wear or jam the spinning spray head.

I suggest you service the heater - a thorough internal clean of the fuel system, clean the filter(s) and spray head, check and if necessary adjust the air pump regulator pressure and ensure the spark plug is clean, in good condition, is correctly gapped and the spark is constant and steady.

Your heater should then be ready for the coming winter season at the end of which, perhaps different summer storage arrangements would be advisable.

Oct 25, 2017 | Heating & Cooling

1 Answer

My Master 110,000 btu heater won't start after plugging it in. The tank is full of fuel. Any recommendations .


Hi,


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


heatman101

][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][

Dec 18, 2010 | All-Pro Kerosene Garage Shop Heaters - All...

1 Answer

My kerosene 50,000 btu reddy heater fires up for about five seconds and then shuts off. I put no. 1 kerosene in so it burns cleaner. It's 2/3s full. the drywallers used it last so it's a little dusty. ...


There is a sensor inside that tells the heater that the flame is lit...if it doesn't "see" the flame it will shut down...this may be caused by the filter in the rear being clogged and it is not allowing the pump to produce enough pressure to ensure a good flame or the pump inside may have sucked up some debris and is now not producing the proper pressure required. Another possibility is that there may be enough dust on the sensor itself to cause it to not "see" the flame...if you take the cover off you can find this sensor...it will have 2 wires coming off of it and it looks like a photocell...it should be located just in front of the jet where the fuel comes out...a word of caution...the ignitor(and the spark plug looking thing) have very high voltage on them(around 5000Volts) so I would avoid touching these parts while in operation.

Dec 08, 2010 | Reddy Heater 60,000 BTU Kerosene...

1 Answer

Had heater for 6 yrs, now its leaving a very stong kerosene smell , any suggestions


Sounds like its ready for a tune up kit,(spark plug--vanes-- filters)nd a full cleanning. oh yes , they do have kits for these at a lawnmower shop!

Dec 18, 2009 | All-Pro Kerosene Garage Shop Heaters - All...

1 Answer

R150B Kerosene Reddy Heater-


Neither of you state the model of heater that is giving you starting problems. many of the motors have an external starting capacitor (relay). If so, you may just need that part, if your heater is equipped with one. On the other hand, many have an internal capacitor , which is not servicable.

Feb 15, 2009 | Desa International ReddyHeater® R115DT...

1 Answer

150,000BTU kerosene heater won't start,just buzzes.


Your starting capacitor is bad. It's usually mounted on the side of the motor. If not, it's the thing that the motor wires go to from the end of the motor. Usually, less than $10.

Feb 12, 2009 | Reddy Heater RLP100 Portable Forced Air...

1 Answer

Reddy heater will not ignite


there is a fuse, take the panel off where the on off switch is and it will be right there, one fuse runs the entire unit.

Jan 21, 2009 | Reddy Heater-170,000 BTU Kerosene Deluxe

1 Answer

Reddy Heater 70 (Kerosene) won't start


In the same temperature range that is giving you trouble, run an ext cord (110v) from a known good household circuit and plug the heater into the cord. If the heater runs OK, then the inverter is your problem.

Jan 05, 2009 | Reddy Heater-30-55,000 BTU Variable

1 Answer

110,000 kerosene heater wont work


All of this model heater use a triac to turn on the motor. The buzzing you hear is because the triac is only turned on half the time due to a component defect on the control.

Replace the control.

or

If you are good with a soldering iron, replace the component labeled "OC2" on the circuit board. This is the optical isolator that caused the triac to "half-wave". Component is a MOC3023

Mar 05, 2008 | Reddy Heater-170,000 BTU Kerosene Deluxe

Not finding what you are looking for?
Reddy Heater-70,000 BTU Kerosene w/T'stat Logo

5,101 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Reddy Heating & Cooling Experts

Paul Carew

Level 3 Expert

3530 Answers

Marvin
Marvin

Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Fahr Quad

Level 3 Expert

774 Answers

Are you a Reddy Heating and Cooling Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...