Torpedo Kerosene Heater Repair & HOW They Work




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Joseph Maximus: I have a Reddy 150 pro it is throwing out a lot of flames can you tell me what the problem is ? Thank you.

Joseph Maximus: The part i asked you to identify is a "carbon rotor" which was broken . I ordered another along w/ pump filter from "Space Heater Parts.com", cost was $27.00 for both w/ shipping. So now you know what it was that i tried to identify. Is there anything special i need to do when installing this part ?

Joseph Maximus: Can you use diesel fuel mixed with kerosene , say 1/3 diesel 2/3 kerosene . Thanks, love the video.

2cyclemix: I came across one of these today. It's made by Dayton. The small amount of kerosene in it is probably at least 2 - 3 years old. Does kerosene go bad like gasoline?

ScrabbleMonster1: Excellent video, may god bless you even more than he already did.

Gary Ronan: They work great in A garage if K-1 kerosene is used. Fuel oil will stink up the place. Usual precautions apply. Plenty of ventilation, working CO detector, have someone check on you from time to time and you will be warm and safe. A thermostat that plug's into the wall and then into the heater will save A lot in fuel cost but they are not cheap. I found my heater's and stats at auction in the dead of summer dirt cheap. Not much call for heating equipment when the day is topping out at 100+! I have A couple of propane unit's that I prefer but when it gets cold I don't care, as long as I'm warm! Thanks for the information. I was not aware of the universal spark coils. Good to know.

Joseph Maximus: Just finished working on my Reddy Pro 150. Changed all hoses, cleaned the orifice and fittings with carb cleaner. All appear clear. Problem: Pump is not drawing fuel, took the hose out of tank and placed it in a clear jar full of fuel, just to see if it was getting fuel. Has no suction and didn't pick up the fuel. Do you think it could be the pump and if so, is there any way to repair it? P.S. - took apart the pump cover and there was a filter which i cleaned, also there is triangle black pieces of plastic or some other substance that is part of the pump, can you tell me what this is ?

Stephen Zielinski: I have fuel pouring out of the front end from trying to get her fired up! I cleaned the fuel nozzle,turned the plug everyway possible but she won't light! Runs for 10 seconds and shuts off.Now what? Take it to the gun range and blow it to hell?

marknlinda417: Great video, thanks for sharing your knowledge on this. I wasn't sure where to start until I watch your video. 

Stephen Zielinski: I replaced the plug,photo cell,new K, filters, It won't fire now and just shuts off after 5 seconds.Is it the pump?

Hagfan789: I have the same unit you have here..I'm having trouble with it not burning all the fuel from the nozzle..just making smoke & fumes then eventually pulsing out..plug & spark is good..nozzle is clear & spraying fine..I'm leaning to some bad kerosene being the problem maybe?. I just topped it off with new fuel too..figures..I'll check it for water & get back to ya .Good video btw

Richard Tringali: my opening is almost 16 inches round too the thing heats my garage in no time at all

Daniel Moeller: 7:25 I did too, but then nine months later our daughter came along. Great video. I thought I had done everything to get my old Homelite 65K BTU running again. It works, but could be alot better. It doesn't get nearly as hot as it should. I made sure all the plumbing was good and clear, fuel strainer screen was clean, impeller gap was set, everything save for checking the pump pressure since I didn't have a gauge. I knew the problem was either the impeller and its vanes were just too worn, the pressure bleedoff screw threads were too loose (or spring just no good), or the nozzle had an obstruction that carb cleaner and compressed air couldn't free up. After watching your video, I dug out my old Penske vacuum gauge and sure enough, 10PSI pressure range in .5PSI increments, widely spaced. Hooked it up and it did the trick. Pressure was too high so I set it to 4.0PSI since that was the closest I could estimate without being able to source a manual anywhere for this heater, and now I know both the pump assembly and bleedoff screw assembly are both good and that the problem is the nozzle. Now time to source a replacement for an obscure heater manufactured in 1973.....

mustie1: l had one that would light but then in about 10min start pulsing and would go out,think i scrapped it or it still might be up in the attic,,

Craig Arndt: Nice to know how these things operate, good video!

RickScherfDrywall: We just got a used torpedo from the shop next door. The shaft that the fan blade is mounted on doesn't want to spin the fan blades hard enough when the heater is trying to ignite. If we take the cover off and give the fan blades a spin manually, usually a few spins in it'll fire and run all day like a champ. Any ideas what would have that shaft a little bit stuck and not wanting to rotate on it's own? 

Timetotinker: good stuff.........tony

OTC: always good to see a video from you man, your a smart person!!

danelectro68: Brilliant video, I've thrown away a couple of those things in the past !!!! Typical!!

Rich htn: Like OTC said...an other great video. I've never had one, but now that I know how they work I'll keep an eye out for one that doesn't work and be able to fix it. Thx 

James Rice: Thanks so much for all the things you do for so many on here.It really helps people out when you show what to do about certain situations.your a real nice man.

Volusia-ev: I never owned one so I had no idea how they worked...very cool! Are they for outdoor use only? (Carbon Monoxide)

Richard Tringali: ok thanks i will post a video on my videos on the size and how powerful it is, if you stand within 3 feet of it your cloths will actually get to hot to rub against your skin

EdOfTheNorth: Excellent tutorial. Pete down at SWRNC is going to love ya for this one cause he just went out and bought a new heater cause his konked out. So now he will have a spare after he gets Toni to fix the one he replaced. Great video. Thanks.

Kenneth Sylvester: thanks

Joshua Ney: captain hook - light AYYYYIGH, thanks for the lesson

Timothy Bertsch: That old heater I have, the fan turns freely until its powered. Than it turns real slow. The pump is fine. Do you have any idea why the fan motor does this?

dawn watson: I had my heater running fine after I cleaned out a massiive nest. I turned it on a few times burning out the small debris. then I pluged it in and noticed it was on low. So while it was about to start or trying on low, I turned the knob to high and it made some firing noises and I saw some flashing or sparks. Now it won't to anything. I plug it in and nothing , before that incident it started. Do I need a new ignitor? Mine doesn't have a spark plug, just wires from the control panel then mounted next to the fuel output.

Victor Maslak: I tried to adjust. pressure to3.4 because front wouldn't get hot enough, no matter which way I turned adjustment it stayed on 2 psi ,what could be the problem?

patrick mcclelland: thanks for the video.do i need to change anything on mine in order to burn diesel?

michael Beauchene: my space heater whene I turn it on it goes after a min then I have to reset n goes out after another min what could be the issue here is it tha senser or the coil

johndeeregfan: I can't get over 2.2 psi out of mine. ( I need 3.4 ) My cone wasn't getting red. What could be the problem? I have decent fuel spray. However, over the years I've had the pump apart and lightly sanded the vanes because they stuck. Maybe the pump vanes are worn. I have .004 clearance on the pump also.

Don Distel: Thanks for the reply . This heater will not even start with a propane torch right by the nozzle . I did order new vane blades and a gauge so we will see what happens when the part get here in a few days . The vanes did come out and and I'm not sure oh they need to go in a certain way . What a headache just cuz I wanted to clean and oil it .

WrongWayWillie13: hey, I have a mr heater 75k btu. it would come on and shut off and continuously fire smoke fire smoke. i pulled the cover it has continuous spark and fuel sraying.so I check the photo senor, its nice and clean. same results, I pull the pressure plus and connect my vac gauge. flip the switch and I get a 2 flash error code for slow motor start. nothing in the heater moves. its cold here about 20*. so I put a small electric heater on it to warm it up. didn't help. I tried to bypass the thermo didn't help. I did notice a secondary sensor below the igniter. could it be something with unburned fuel in the tube ?? thanks and help is greatly appropriated 

whspioneer89: I have the same torpedo heater except mine has a furnace style igniter instead of spark plug. Mine starts but then stops sometimes right away, sometimes after a few minutes. 

liloz33: The back order on the part is out to at least May. They say the cold weather has played a part in the back order. Hmm! Well again I thank you for the video at least I know about everything I could want to about this unit. Thanks

Danny Fritcher: I've looked everywhere and can't find an igniter replacement for under $50....any suggestions on where to find a cheaper one? Thanks!

Benny Chong: Thanks for posting the video. I have a Reddy heater (35,000 BTU). Mine runs for about 6 to 10 seconds and shuts off. It worked fine last year. I just replaced the fuel line and air line. I see spark and fuel (fog), but it runs for a short time, gets hot and then trips the breaker on the back. Any ideas?

Richard Tringali: is there a way to hook this up to light a heat duck system to make like 2 8 in pipe in 2 spot like the front and back of your garage or even left and right side ?

howie fisher: where did you get universal igniter ? I need one for my dyna glo POS

shane fink: Hey that helped alot that's pretty cool to take your time explaining things just might save my wife and four yr old daughter from our pipes freezing I live in a trailer I have the same heater but it does not have a spark plug u said it would have one or " some other igniter" could u please elaborate and again thanks your a good person some ppl do appreciate 

nathan Adkins: Mine has a ignitor instead of a spark plug and it is glowing red but not sparking anyway to fix that? 

Maat922: Dude you just saved my butt. I've had this heater for 10 years an no problems, and a couple months ago it stopped working. This video just urged me to tear into it, and the first thing I see is a dried-up leaf sitting in front of the optical sensor. Painless. Thanks for kicking me into action!

dwhollrah: Thanks, good overview of all systems. I was able run down a plugged nozzle to get my old Rediheater going. Roughly 25 yrs of hard service and I finally had to service it. Its de-icing my Polaris wheeler as I type. (there was a ton of black dust I cleaned from the air pump filter...this may have been part of the problem too) 

Don Distel: My reddy heater will not fire and run after taking it apart to oil motor bearings do to the motor equaling for a short time on start up . Took air pump off also and cleaned it put vanes back in set gap at both 3 & 4 thou. Did get it to fire for a little bit but it didn't fire or even soun like it always did before

Carl Walter: and, zap, my problem disappeared. thanks to your excellent tutoring. 

Marshall Sheetz: very good and informative. good job..

Timothy Bertsch: my heater does not ignite with the top lid is on. If I take it off it ignites. it's calling for 5 pounds of pressure , I only can get 2.5 psi.I tried adjusting it but thats all i get. the spark plug sparks for the first couple minutes and then goes out is this normal? I change the pressure and fuel line hose is still does not seem to get over 2.5 psi. I installed a plug from another heater I have and it does the same thing. any suggestions? thank you 

WrongWayWillie13: have one that run s for 5-10 mins then blows smoke filling up the garage then shuts off. does this sound like the light sensor

Robert Cherkas: great tutorial thanks
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