I lost the original thread... I'm having trouble with a Mr. Heater "Buddy"
heater. I RTFMed today. Manual says "if the heater turns itself off,
check the pilot light; if the pilot light isn't working, blow it out here
here and here with compressed air"
So I did all that. I put 100 PSI air to the business end, opened up the
valve and backflushed it. I could feel the air coming out the input side
of the plumbing, so that ought to have dislodged any spider webs.
The pilot is still weak. It looks like it's just ever so barely
occasionally touching the thermocoupler. Instead of a straight, pointy
blue cone of flame, it's sort of a blue whisp that's ill defined at the
tip, and tends to curl upwards slightly, away from the thermocoupler.
Looks like low pressure, but I tried three different throwaway cylinders and
two grill tanks at various points along the way, so it's not likely supply
The pilot doesn't seem to ever want to stay lit after I release the knob,
but if I jiggle the knob just right, I can sometimes get the burner to
light. It fires up, whumps a few times, and burns long enough that the
ceramic element is thinking about turning orange in spots, then the heater
shuts off with a click.
The click tells me it's shutting itself off for a reason, but I'm stumped.
I hate that I paid $80 for this POS less than a year ago, but I'm out of
clue here, and am just about to smash it with a sledge hammer and spend the
winter crocheting afghans instead of working in the shop.
Any other ideas?
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