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Old 10-03-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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The Heat / The Sequel

So my heater has been working inconsistantly...work fine last night except it took a while of cold blowing before it got hot. After the initial run it work fine wrt the thermostat setting, except in the early morning hours it did not even try to start (inside temp was 59, thermo was set at 70). Now tonight it just blows cold again for a few minutes and then shuts off. I went outside to examine the exhaust and I can hear the igniter trying to light periodically, not constant. I have read a bunch of forums about heaters and only one pertaining to berks. Most of the others can evidently get access to theirs, but mine is in the corner behind the fireplace, so I can't see where the board or igniter are. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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So my heater has been working inconsistantly...work fine last night except it took a while of cold blowing before it got hot. After the initial run it work fine wrt the thermostat setting, except in the early morning hours it did not even try to start (inside temp was 59, thermo was set at 70). Now tonight it just blows cold again for a few minutes and then shuts off. I went outside to examine the exhaust and I can hear the igniter trying to light periodically, not constant. I have read a bunch of forums about heaters and only one pertaining to berks. Most of the others can evidently get access to theirs, but mine is in the corner behind the fireplace, so I can't see where the board or igniter are. Any thoughts?

In not going to be much help but I will think out loud. First thing I would check is the supply of LP. Not much can go wrong but regulator or auto shut off. Are you getting LP to the range? Next some how you will need to get to the igniter. If you have LP and spark it has to light. If it does and goes out it is a thermocouple. Also shine a light in the exhaust. It will not light if it has something in it like a leaf or a nest of some kind.
I'm sure you have checked all if that but that's all I got. Sorry I'm not more help.
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So my heater has been working inconsistantly...work fine last night except it took a while of cold blowing before it got hot. After the initial run it work fine wrt the thermostat setting, except in the early morning hours it did not even try to start (inside temp was 59, thermo was set at 70). Now tonight it just blows cold again for a few minutes and then shuts off. I went outside to examine the exhaust and I can hear the igniter trying to light periodically, not constant. I have read a bunch of forums about heaters and only one pertaining to berks. Most of the others can evidently get access to theirs, but mine is in the corner behind the fireplace, so I can't see where the board or igniter are. Any thoughts?
Assuming its a Suburban, you must first find an access on the inside to disconnect the gas and electric. Next you remove the outside cover plate and inlet/ outlet pipes. Finally remove all flange screws and withdraw the unit to the outside. The way you describe it, maybe the fireplace must be removed for the inside connections? Maybe call FR for advice on common failures first. How old is it? Still under warranty?
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Thanks Phil, yes I did try all of the above. It was when I was looking into the exhaust when I heard the igniter and smelled the LP when it was trying. Was ready to put some extra clothes on and decided to try again and it finally fired off after a minute or two of blowing cold again. Hopefully it will work through the night...a little chilly midway up Michigan right now.
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I know the feeling. We are in Michigan as well and it's 42. WTH. We are leaving the 15th for Florida and can't wait. I hate the cold and rain. Worst case go buy a couple of ceramic heaters. We have two and use them a lot in Michigan.
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I know the feeling. We are in Michigan as well and it's 42. WTH. We are leaving the 15th for Florida and can't wait. I hate the cold and rain. Worst case go buy a couple of ceramic heaters. We have two and use them a lot in Michigan.
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Funny you should mention the portable heaters, we were thinking about that while walking around at Menards the other day. What size are the ones you have and do they draw much amps?
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Assuming its a Suburban, you must first find an access on the inside to disconnect the gas and electric. Next you remove the outside cover plate and inlet/ outlet pipes. Finally remove all flange screws and withdraw the unit to the outside. The way you describe it, maybe the fireplace must be removed for the inside connections? Maybe call FR for advice on common failures first. How old is it? Still under warranty?
Probably through the fireplace access would be easiest, but that was the only thing keeping the chill out, so didn't want to do that and it's been raining out. I will definitely give Mike a call on Monday and we plan to swing by FR on our way back out of Michigan since that was the plan to check things out before leaving the region. Yes I'm still under warranty
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I bought two tall Bionaire 1500 watt heaters. I have no idea what Amps they draw but they will not run on the same circuit. They have a safety switch on the bottom so tipping over is not a safety concern. I think I bought them at Costco.

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I have a electric fireplace with thermostat in my flagstaff, plus the furnace-in my old unit we just used spaceheaters unless it got really cold then used the furnace
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I had a similar problem with my furnace. It was a loose connection in the fuse center outside below drivers window. Fuse was good, wire behind fuse was loose. Pushed it in tight. Working great.


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