I have this oil furnace that we have been working on for about 2 weeks
now. We are only trying to get this thing up and running temperary to
get it through the winter and maybe next winter. The owner is a builder
that bought up a bunch of land and houses that he plans on tearing down
and only renting them out until then.
What we have is a old Williams Oil-o-matic (about 1959) with a 2003
Beckett burner (single pipe). The tank is located outside under ground.
The last few days that we have had to go out, all we had to do it prime
the pump and the furnace will run fine for about a day the we have to
go out and do the same every time. Now I am thinking maybe we have a
leak under ground that is causing the problem, the boss don't think so.
Has anyone had the same problem? If so, what could it be?
Sorry pal, ......A 46 yr old oil furnace (new burner or not) does not
belong in any rental home. Not even if you are tearing it down
Leak in the line, crap in the line, bad pump and a hundred other
things could be causing the problem. Age isnt helping it either.
Dude, that is one of the most simple and reliable
systems once you know what's up with them.
Your problem is most likey crud, or water in the
system. IF it is crud, all you do is change the in
line filter. IF it is water, then you got to get the
water out. My bet is on the crud.
IF you add a return line to the tank, that will
eliminate the need to "prime" the unit.
You didn't mention if you were getting soot, so I will
just say you need a simple $14 filter that you can get
from tru value hardware, or just the element for $4
Get your five minutes of FAME
Well, it's something you don't want to bite, that's for sure
"TL0000 Tigerholm Tiger Loop
The ever-popular Tiger Loop removes residual air from the fuel,
promoting enhanced boiler efficiency, cleaner combustion and a more
efficient burn. The Tiger Loop also does away with the need for an
undesirable return line on top outlet and wall mounted installations.
Please note that the Tiger Loop is suitable only for use with pressure
jet burners. If in doubt, please contact appliance manufacturer prior
to installation. "
However, it's not a fix for a leaky oil line, IMO. The only
fix is 'fix the leak'.
It's a device that gives you the benefits of a two pipe and a one pipe
system with few of the negatives of either. One pipe from the tank to
the Tiger Loop and two pipe between the TL and burner.
Look near the bottom for a picture on one.
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