How do I know if the burner in my 1979 Carrier furnace is Beckett or not? I don't see a name other than Carrier anywhere.
My control unit is giving me trouble, but now is not a good time to buy a whole new furnace . If it fails, do I need to buy the exact model control unti from Carrier, or can I use a fancy new thing like this which costs** only $72. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beckett-7505A-0000-GeniSys-Advanced-Oil-Burner-Control-/111467955823?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19f402066f Are these things fairly universal? Or even something like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honeywell-R8184G-1286-Oil-Burner-Primary-Control-Beckett-oil-heat-used-/231189434156?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d3f6cf2c
**Way back in 1983, the supply house wanted $260 dollars for a control unit, but eventually suggested a separate power-supply transformer for $10, which is still working fine. . About the first control above it says "Replaces Honeywell R7184A, R8184G, and Carlin 48245, 40200, 42230, and 50200", but maybe that's EXACT replacement, and I can still mount it for my furnace??
A friend in a nearby townhouse with the same furnace thinks his furnace ### would fire better with new electrodes. Ours are curved but online we can only find straight. Does it matter, as long as the tips end up where the curved tips do? And can the electrodes be bad, anyhow? They don't seem any shorter now than they were 10 years ago, and even if they're shorter, can't they be bent closer? I have the diagram that gives distances. Seems to me it's broken insulators that wouldl be the problem. But to buy new insulators, no one gives the diameter, only that they're Beckett, and two reviews of Amazon-sold electrodes said they didn't fit. (Didn't they mean the insulators didn't fit??)
Everything I've seen shows that there should be a filter, the size of a V-8 engine oil filter, in the line between the tank and the furnace. Yet I don't have one, and in 31 years, I've never had a problem with a nozzle clogging in less than 2 years. (Most were routinely replaced at one year, but two years I couldn't get an apointment and I let an extra year go by.) I've used several different oil companies over the last 31 years. How am I so lucky that I don't need a filter? Or what?
On the left side of the burner, where the oil comes in, as part of the pump, I think they have something they call an oil filter. It's only 2 pieces of metal. How much filtering can that do? Does it just chop up clumps of oil??? Hard to believe there are clumps, and hard to believe chopping them up would make them small enough not to clog the nozzle, but that's the only thing I can think of. I looked into this "filter" 20 years ago, and saw no sign of clumps, only a light coating of oil.
I see now that new ones have digital displays and electronic controls. What do they do better than my 1979 control board does, that has iirc two transistors, two resistors, a relay, and a red button? What and where is the air tube? They refer to this a lot. Maybe I don't have one on a '79 furnace?
There's been a lot of talk about increased furnace efficiency, but that's really for gas, isn't it? dividing the output BTUs given in the manual by the input BTUs, I get 80% and iiuc the new oil furnaces are only 82 or 83% efficient. That's a 2.5 or 3.8% increase, only.
Obviously I have no use for this but what does it mean? "4 Used Commercial Units Available 4.0-13.6 gph Max nozzle-size 8.0 gph" If the max nozzle-size is 8gph, what is the bit about 13 that's right before that? http://www.ebay.com/itm/CF1400-Beckett-by-Honeywell-Oil-Burner-/171298151432?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e22a5c08
Thanks a lot for any help you can give.