Espar Fumes Advice and Operation Help

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Bry, Dec 3, 2022.

  1. Bry

    Bry Light Load Member

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    If your Espar is properly maintained and cleaned but still gives off fumes, here's 2 pieces advice:
    1. Always start it at max heat for several minutes, THEN after it is hot, set to a lower temp (my max temp is 85 deg.)
    2. If for any reason it goes off, such as the ignition key was turned on, it will go into cool down mode for several minutes and continue to blow the fan--DO NOT turn it back on until this cool down stage is over

    Hope this helps some of you! Those fumes are awful to breathe.
     
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  3. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    You mean you're smelling fumes in the cab? Diesel exhaust or otherwise? Not that it matters, if you are you have a leak which could end your life. You shouldn't smell anything in the cab with an Espar or any diesel heater running.
     
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  4. Bry

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    The Esparz sometimes burns fuel incompletely when it is turned on again before cool down completes. I think a lot of drivers know what I'm talking g about.
     
  5. Bry

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    I no longer have any fumes problems since waiting for cool down to complete.
     
  6. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

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    I've had lots of diesel heaters for years (Planar/Espar/Webasto/Chinese) and they are all pretty much the same. I'm familiar with the startup and shutdown cycles. You still shouldn't be smelling more than a very faint diesel smell for a second at startup and nothing in shutdown. If you are super sensitive to this I'm not sure how you can survive around diesel trucks at all. This isn't a criticism, I'm serious. Diesel trucks smell like diesel, even clean new ones.
     
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    Also, I'm not sure what you mean here because you don't have any choice but to wait for the cool down to complete. You can't stop it from doing this.
     
  8. Bry

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    Ok, I will just post this:
    I am pretty sure anyone will save themselves some grief with espars (which i do love)
     
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  9. Bry

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    By following these two simple steps:
    1. When u first turn it on, run it at max temp for 5-10 min before u set it to ur desired temperature
    2. If ur espar is turned off, such as becuz u turned on the ignition key, do not turn it back on until it has completed its cool down cycle--ie, don't turn it back on until the fan stops blowing
     
  10. teams567

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    Some people like me have no problem with diesel fumes, but car exhaust makes me nauseous after the first smell. Very sensitive to it too- can smell car exhaust a mile away.

    As far as the Espar, if the wind is blowing strong against the truck, some fumes will get inside on startup. No big deal, just open the window a minute. Also, make sure it's shut off when fueling.
     
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