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It’s Getting to Infra-Red Equipment Season. Here are Some Fall Start Up Tips

As the weather starts to cool down and we begin to enter the heating season, customers will start to fire up their infra‐red equipment for the first time in 5‐6 months. If no periodic maintenance has been performed, the heater may or may not have problems firing. To insure proper firing, listed below are some helpful tips and key items to inspect for both the high intensity heaters, and low intensity radiant tube heaters.

High Intensity Infra-Red Equipment

  • Inspect ceramic tiles in the burner head to make sure there are no cracks. To remove accumulated dust and dirt, carefully blow off the tile with 20 psi or less of compressed air. Be careful not to damage any gasket material between the tiles. (It is CRITICAL that the gas section of any burner be carefully checked for corrosion. A rusted out ignition system, burner orifice or other ignition part can be deadly and replacement is recommended if discovered.)
  • Inspect the tube inside the burner to make sure it clear of any insect or rodent nests or debris of any type.
  • Inspect the main gas orifice and make sure it is clear of any obstructions.
  • Inspect the igniter and insure proper gaps.
  • Inspect electrical connections and make sure there is no corrosion of any type.
  • Check gas pressures.

Low Intensity Infra-Red Equipment

  • Inspect the inlet air and exhaust runs to make sure they are clear of any obstructions.  
  • Inspect the blower and make sure the wheel turns freely. With compressed air, blow off any accumulated dirt and dust.
  • Inspect the igniter to make sure there are no cracks in the white porcelain insulation. Also check gaps, and wipe down igniter rods if they are dirty.   (It is CRITICAL that the gas section of any burner be carefully checked for corrosion. A rusted out ignition system, burner orifice or other ignition parts can be deadly and replacement is recommended if discovered.)
  • Visually inspect the Ignition Detection Control and wire harness to make sure everything is connected and there is no corrosion on any connections. Tighten any screws.
  • Visually Inspect the Air Flow Switch to make sure the any tubing is connected and is not cracked or loose. If on the unit, make sure there is a metal snubber (small air metering orifice) in each tube.
  • Check gas pressures.

As always when starting up infra-red equipment up for the first, second or however many times, make sure to refer to the installation, operation and owners manual to confirm the appropriate gas pressures.


After a several months of being shut off, parts may become corroded, won’t spark, or just need to be replaced.

Access, Inc.’s service & parts department is here to provide you with the experience, skills and parts necessary to optimize or retrofit your current infra‐red equipment. If you would like to upgrade, add-on or buy a new system, our sales team will help you design an efficient, cost effective solution for your specific application.

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