Burner Adjustment


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For Dearborn Model DRC Vent-Free Heaters

Your heater has been factory tested and adjusted. Due to variations in heating values and gas pressures, it may be necessary to make an adjustment to the burner air shutter setting. Figure 1 shows the correct flame characteristics and required adjustments. A small hard blue flame or a flame blowing off the burner ports or lighting back at the burner orifice indicates too much primary air and the air shutter should be closed. A soft, blurred or yellow tipped flame indicates lack of primary air and the air shutter should be opened.

  1. Light the burner.
  2. After the burner has been in operation for 3 minutes or more, observe the burner flame, Figure 1, and make the air shutter adjustment, if needed.
  3. Visually check the burner flame periodically. See Figure 1. Any change in the burner flame from that obtained in Step 2 above may indicate a dirty burner or burner compartment. Turn the gas off at the line cut-off valve, open the burner access door and allow the heater to completely cool. Clean the burner area with a vacuum cleaner attachment.
  4. Once each year, the burner may need cleaning. This can be done with a vacuum cleaner attachment or bottle brush. Clean burner area, burner air intake, air shutter and burner ports with a brush or blow them out with a vacuum cleaner or tire pump. See Figure 1.
  5. We strongly recommend having a qualified service agency inspect the unit for proper operation before the start of each heating season.
  6. The orifice supplied for the burner has been drilled to specified gas characteristics to provide proper operation and the required gas input at the manifold pressure shown on the name plate.