Portable heaters are designed for ease of use, although most models require some kind of install and maintenance to pump the proper amount of heat into your space. Let’s explore how to operate one of our portable indirect fired heaters, the Frost Fighter IDF-500.
Operation: Like most of our units, you have the option of renting a thermostat with this unit, which will help you control the temperature in your space. If you opt to use an add-on thermostat, you will need to plug the thermostat into the side of the burner and flip the toggle from “manual” to “thermostat.” When you turn off the unit, either turn down the nozzle on the thermostat or switch the toggle back to “manual” to power down. Learn how to operate the thermostat.
Resetting: Sometimes you will need to reset your unit due to a power loss or an accidental powering down of the unit.
In this situation you will need to unscrew the compartment that houses your safeties, which can be found on the side of the heater. The middle safety, or the high limit switch, will have a knob that has popped out. Simply press this knob back in to refire the unit. Learn how to reset the unit following a loss of power.
Filter: If your unit is running on bad fuel or the system gets clogged, we always recommend taking a look at the filter. Of course, in harsh outdoor conditions we encourage you to use a fuel source that has been winterized to limit filter issues. If your filter looks dirty, it’s likely time for a replacement. Learn how to change the filter.
Ductwork: If you plan to use ducts, make sure these are installed properly and the run is smooth so air can flow efficiently. Keep in mind, we don’t recommending using more than 50 feet of duct or you run the risk of the unit short-cycling. Learn more about ducting issues.
Looking for more heater resources? Check out the difference between indirect and direct fired units or visit our portable heating resources for more information about our units.