Frequently Asked Questions
The problem will be with the thermocouple it is attached to the back of the flame value. The tip is in the heat, once lit the tip of the thermocouple becomes heated and generates millivolts of electricity that energizes the electro magnet inside the flame failure valve. Using an 8 mm spanner on the nut unscrew the thermocouple from the flame failure valve remove it from the brooder and replace it.
The electro magnet inside the flame failure value has become faulty it will need replacing. This is a gas tight joint, when you have replaced the electro magnet the joint must be checked with soapy water bubbles mean leak .If you see bubbles remake the joint using a gas approved sealant!
The ceramic is either cracked or has moved on its gasket, check! If the ceramic has cracked it will need to be replaced. If not reseat it on the fiber-gasket .See that the steel springs are in place and retighten the 4 screws using an 8mm spanner.
The regulator is faulty it has probably been polluted with heavy-ends which is the name given to the muck that has accumulated in the gas cylinder. That muck has built up inside the regulator causing it to fail! The regulator needs to be replaced! Check the pressure needed, it will be stated on the data plate on the brooder see that the replacement is the correct pressure regulator.
The gas and air are not mixing correctly. The cause could simply be dust the filter needs to be cleaned and the brooder blown out. If the problem persists the next step is to check the jet, it may be partially blocked. Jets can be cleaned but never picked out. The easy way to clean a jet is to remove it from the brooder using an 8mm spanner drop the jet into a bottle with a little white spirit, or cola drink. Shake the bottle well and the take the jet and blow it out on an air line, blow back towards the threaded end. Replace the jet DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN check for leaks using soapy water. Bubbles mean leak, remake the joint using some gas approved sealant .Retest the brooder if the problem persists then try a different regulator of the correct pressure.
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