Post by mightyspuds on Oct 13, 2008 10:38:38 GMT -8
Problem....Heater not heating well,smells 'bad' and CO Detector reads 24.Should read ZERO and thats all I will accept.
This is the detector.If you dont have one,GET ONE! About 25-30 dollars(just checked at 12/30/08,its 43 dollars at Home Depot).Get one with a digital readout.That way you know when things are a bit off,not that you are about to die and evacuate home immediately. Digital readout lets you identify small problems before they are all or nothing problems of a non readout detector.
I have this NightHawk,well rated model,several years old.I test it by holding a cigarette under it,that will send the numbers reeling and set it off.Currently reading ZERO,but it wasnt...
This is the wall heater.
I know from past experience what the problem is,the thing gets sooty inside the heating chamber.Soot keeps the chamber from heating up.Without heat the fumes dont flow up vent pipe,they flow into house instead!
So take off the front,just a couple screws in the bottom door area hold it on.Remove em,lift up the cover and off it comes....
Now we remove the heating chamber and the connector from chamber to vent pipes,just six screws is all that holds it together
Leaves only a shell behind.
Next take chamber and connector and spray out all the soot with water hose.Let dry,reassembly reverse of above.
Takes about an hour,with half that for parts to dry.
WOOHOO! Heater now throwing out much more heat.No 'off' smell.And most importantly,NO CARBON MONOXIDE in house,lovely meter reads ZERO!
Post by mightyspuds on Dec 30, 2008 19:54:51 GMT -8
So,heater just continued to deteriorate,finally flames coming out of bottom,Not good!
Off to Home Depot for new one.460 dollars with a few parts extra,out the door with taxes.
Took em quite a while to get me one,it was in a pallet WAAAAAY up there,like 16 feet up!
So out to the snowcar and load er up and get it home.
My traveling Bug pics.
Nice new heater,woohoo! Left at 2PM.Didnt get home until dark,took a long time for them to get it for me,store about 45 minutes away.
By 630 PM house was toasty warm again.Went in real easy.Same manufacturer,same physical size.But this one is 35,000 BTU,instead of 25,000.The old one struggled to keep up,this one toasts the place.And the increase in size was only 26 bucks,not bad!
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