Little Buddy Troubleshooting

7/10/2014 7:38 PM

For information on how to troubleshoot your Little Buddy heater, download the troubleshooting guide.

PROBLEM POSSIBLE CAUSE SOLUTION
Piezo igniter does not produce spark 1 Spark electrode positioned wrong Adjust spark gap and/or replace pilot assembly
2 Spark electrode broken Replace pilot assembly
3 Piezo igniter defective Replace control valve
Piezo igniter produces spark at the electrode, but no pilot ignition 1 No gas in propane tank Check propane tank for fuel by shaking or replace with a new full tank
2 Red On-button not pushed in far enough Depress Red-On button completely
3 Pilot tube is clogged Clean pilot tube using q-tip with alcohol
Run 2" to bottom of pilot tube & twist around
Blow out with straw or 30 psi or less
4 Regulator defective Replace regulator
Pilot lights but flame goes out immediately when control knob is released 1 Control knob not depressed long enough After pilot is lit, keep holding Red On-button  for 30-60 seconds
2 Pilot flame not touching thermocouple Clean pilot tube using q-tip with alcohol
Run 2" to bottom of pilot tube & twist around
Blow out with straw or 30 psi or less
3 Thermocouple connection loose at control valve Hand tight until snug, then 1/4 turn with wrench
4 Tip switch connections broken or disconnected Clean electrical contacts at control valve. Reconnect tip switch wires
5 On-button not depressed far enough After pilot flame is lit and you hold the Red On-button for 20 to 30 seconds squeeze the Red On-button tightly before letting go
6 Defective thermocouple Replace pilot assembly
7 Defective tip switch Replace tip switch
8 Defective control valve Replace control valve
Pilot lights but flame goes out gradually when control knob is released 1 On-button not depressed long enough After pilot is lit, keep holding Red On-button  for 30-60 seconds
2 Pilot flame not touching thermocouple Clean pilot tube using q-tip with alcohol
Run 2" to bottom of pilot tube & twist around
Blow out with straw or 30 psi or less
3 Thermocouple connection loose at control valve Hand tight until snug, then 1/4 turn with wrench
4 Inlet gas pressure too low Check/replace with new full one pound propane tank
5 Defective regulator Replace regulator
Burner does not light after pilot is lit 1 Main burner orifice is blocked/clogged Remove burner assembly, clean main burner orifice with clean cloth or q-tip with alcohol and blow out with straw or 30 psi or less
2 Venturi tube is blocked Remove burner assembly
Blow out venturi tube on back of burner
3 Defective ceramic plate Replace ceramic burner
4 Defective regulator Replace regulator
Heater shuts off during operation 1 Not enough fresh air available Provide ventilation per owner's manual
2 Inlet gas pressure is too low Check/replace propane one pound tank
3 Pilot tube has become blocked/clogged Clean pilot tube using q-tip with alcohol
Run 2" to bottom of pilot tube & twist around
Blow out with straw or 30 psi or less
4 Tip switch has been activated due to bumping or moving Level heater and re-light
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Melissa Sawmiller

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