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Thread: Sealey AB 160 Workshop heater problem

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    Sealey AB 160 Workshop heater problem

    Ive had several .. latest Sealey one has worked fine for ages but wouldnt get going this season when the cold weather came back .. so as usual .. it was down to diagnostics the fan kept wowing... speeding up and slowing down.

    Initially I suspected the motor was on the way out ..so I phoned Dingbro to get a replacement .... then I stuck my thinking cap on .. turns out the motor has a vane pump built into its arse end that acts as a compressor. Also the filter infront of this was clogged. After stripping and re building several times, it proved to be the vanes and pump dragging .. and that was slowing the motor.

    What I'm getting at .. is that if your heater isnt working right .. you could be filling your work shops with a heap of carcinogenic smoke does it look like this ?
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    What it should be looking like is this Img_38hh55.jpg
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    So all stuff getting burnt cleanly .. keeping you a bit safer folks ..

    Now you should realise diesel burns hotter than kerosine so .. if you are mixing fuels you need to be aware the heater air flow needs adjusted with which ever fuel you burn .. most come set up for kerosine apparently ? This one is running diesel .. but had obviously lost its tune over the years .. but is now on top form
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    Now the satisfying end to the story is .. that I phoned Dingbro for the price of a new motor believing it to be the problem .. they quoted 389 +VAT .. I think the wole heater cost me 425 a few years ago .. and .. all it took to fix it was a wee bit of grey matter .. my new specs.... and a couple of screw drivers
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    if that is anything like a blown, oil fired burner, heating boiler Muz, which I believe they are - I have a sort of square-ish one - there is a nozzle that wears/needs replacing occasionally.

    They're pence (just bought two for a Worcester Danesmore, ready to service it) and are usually differing nozzles for different fuels- kero/gas oil - 28/32 second fue oil. The nozzle is very often the cause of many problems with space heaters and usually overlooked.
    If it ain't atomising properly, the lil' bugger'll never burn clean

    As you say ........ the application of a little thought, a bit of investigation, a tad of effort and it's amazing what can be achieved.
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    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    I bought this one specifically because it can burn both fuels with the same set up. But when I went to RTFM (I know epic fail) It said that it was set for kero and the air flow needs adjusted down to burn diesel because of the extra heat it produces ... now I'd have thought it would have been the other way around with kero being lighter ?
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    What be this Heater thing you speak of

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianoz View Post
    What be this Heater thing you speak of
    You're not allowed on this thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muz View Post
    You're not allowed on this thread
    What are you gunna do ????
    Ban me and my Summer heat LOL

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    Well .. all I can hope for is that we dont get a winter like 2010 for a while .. frost came at the end of October and it never left until March the next year .. uncommonly cold for us, and it killed the construction industry here because you couldnt lay brick or concrete .. were just not set up for that sort of prolonged spell. Its a shame I cant take the heat of summer that you guys get .. otherwise I'd have emigrated before now ... infact I know of a few that have done it, and ended coming back home because they just couldn't handle it. Whats the mercury at today dude ?
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