If you are only having problems at elevation, it seems like it must be a air fuel issue. have you verified the fuel pump screen is clean? What exact codes are you getting? Is it throwing a "H1 service" error and or "fuel pump/ fuel supply" on display"? Code 128, 129 are the flame failure codes, if I remember right. My issue was the heater was inconsistent at 2K feet elevation, so definitely not the same situation as yours.So I installed a Espar B4L in my 2020 transit, under the passenger seat and have a problem with the heater starting when I am at elevation.
I live in Boise ID, at around 3k feet elevation, when down here in the valley my heater starts 99% of the time without issues. When I travel to my local ski area around 6800K feet the heater NEVER starts first try and generally will take around 30+ minutes of trying to get the thing started. Once it does starts at elevation, it will run absolutely fine stopping and starting. When I got back down in elevation it also will always start fine, and then back up to elevation I again have the problem.
Ive completely taken apart the entire gas line from the pickup in the tank all the way to the heater, ensuring rise, fittings, etc are perfect... still have the same problem of getting it started at elevation.
Heatso has been sorta OK to work with, but I feel like they dont really know either. They will be sending me a new ECU (when they get them in a couple weeks).
Has anyone had this problem, is there a trick to getting it started I could use until i get the root cause sorted?
Appreciate any pointers!
Here is a summation from my experience with the B4L, and advice from Esparbacher technicians. Buy a quart of kerosene and run the heater for 20 minutes. My heater would run great with kerosene and I disconnected the tank line to the fuel pump and and attached a short fuel line to the bottle. This verified to me, that there were no air links at the bottom of the heater connections.It also seemed to help my no start issue, at least for a few attempts. After 4-5 gas feed starts after the kerosene run, it would be back to its old tricks of "huffing and puffing" without firing consistently and throwing H1 service.. The real problem, according to Esparbacher, is that gasoline cavitates much more than other fuels, causing air in the fuel and ignition failure. If you have the clear fuel line you may be able to see air bubbles in the line on start up. I have the blue fuel line so I can't verify this troubleshooting aid? Check the software version on your ECU. There should be a sticker on it, I needed SW version 04 to finally make the fuel pump deliver the correct quantity of fuel. I was only getting 2-3 mills of fuel with the old ECU and NEW fuel pump. There may be other air/fuel quantity parameters that Esparbacher has modified in the new firmware to solve issues at elevation. I have had success at 7K with the new SW version. Good luck, I know how frustrating this can be.