I just purchased a house with qa pool ad it has a Raypac 266A heating system on the Pool. It is run on a propaine system. The previous owner ran the system completely out of gas. It will not light now and keeps goiung into ILO mode. does it need to be primed some how?
Make : Raypak Atmospheric
Model : 266a
I have tried turning off gas supply and waiting 10 minutes to clear everything than starting the system agian
Hello, how can I help you today? it can take some time to get propane all the way back down to the pilot assembly, you can disconnect the propane line from the heater and let it bleed until you get gas there, then reconnect it to the heater and it should fire after a few tries. If it still doesn't fire up, then you need to unscrew the pilot tubing from the gas valve and see if you can blow through it , if you can't then it will need to be removed down at the pilot as it probably has spider webs blocking the pilot orifice so that the gas can not get out.
hello, was just following up to see if my answer helped you resolve the problem at all, if it did and you have no further questions on this, please hit the ACCEPT button to close out the question, or if it's still giving you problems, i'm happy to help out in any way possible, thanks, jeff
thank you for your help.
Servicing pools and all brands of spas for over 28 years.
The information does tell me what is wrong. Not sure I should open the line up. Do you recommend a plumber do that or is it relatively easy? If I just keeping turning the system on will it eventually get the gas throught he line?
it's easy, just disconnect the pilot tubing and let it bleed out right there just for a few seconds until you smell the propane, if you smell it right away, then it's already getting to that point, and is blocked farther down the pilot, probably down at the pilot itself, usually spider webs cause the most problems on those and it doesn't take much to stop the gas flow from getting to the pilot. the pilot tubing is just screwed into the right hand side of the gas valve with a 7/16" compression nut.
Here is the problem with doing things this way, especially if the homeowner has never dealt with gas before. By removing the pilot tube and having the unit try to bleed out the air that way, the ignitor is going to keep trying to ignite, So. you now have an open ignition source and a gas valve that is bleeding a heavy gas (settles to the ground). if the homeowner doesnt smell the gas and the fuel reaches the ignitor it WILL flash. The customer should either reset the heater after it ILO's (Ignition lock out) after the thrird try until all of the air has bled out, or call in an expert to bleed the air at the 2nd stage regulator.