Hi guys. I live in a large three-story Victorian house, on the first floor.
The upstairs tenant just had a delivery of oil to his furnace, after leaving
the oil tank empty for over a year (the first floor, where I am, is on a
separate furnace). Now it is running, and besides hearing it run all the
time, I smell a strong smell of sulfur in my first floor office, at least. I
believe my office is directly above the basement area where the furnace is.
Is this normal, and what can be done about this?
9 times out of 10, when you get a delivery, it stirs up sludge and trash in
the tank and it clogs up the filters, strainers, and nozzles. Sounds like
you need to call someone to come out and change them out and do a basic
tune-up. I wouldn't turn it back on, either. It won't get any better.....
I love cheap assed landlords...
A nozzle, by itself, WONT fix the problem. While the unit may fire for a
while, they need to have it tuned, and as a hint to your landlords, you can
inform them that every time the units got a nozzle change, the fire of the
unit will change, and the unit MUST be correctly tuned....or it can waste
oil, clog the chamber, or worse, burn through the chamber, and thats when
the real fun starts.
Changing the nozzle alone, is like trying to hold a 10 inch rip in your leg
shut with a bandaide.
Thanks Steve! I am going to give all of this info to my landlord, so
hopefully she and her handyman can fix it correctly. She refuses to hire a
contractor or professional oil/furnace tech, since she doesn't trust
professional contractors and has to pay them.
Word of warning....handymen dont have the $1500 tool used to set the flame
on oil units.
In some states, what she is doing is illegal. In my area, it would be.
Her refusal to do it correctly, could, and thats just COULD, not will, or
would, or such...create a condition that may be harmful to the condition of
the home, or occupants.
Tell her to do it right or dont bother, at least you will be breathing,
cold, but breathing.
Here is an update: the second floor tenant came home (he comes here only
twice a week or so), and he thinks what caused the smoke might just be
because he left the furnace door open, thereby causing the smoke to pour out
into the basement. And I think that's where I saw the smoke coming from when
I went down there the other night. He said he already replaced the nozzle,
and he is testing the furnace right now. He is a mason by trade, but also
sells scrap iron. But he and his friends do all sorts of things like auto
work, plumbing, furnace, electrical, etc. I think he might even get free
This is just getting too funny. Please make sure you let us know where
you live so we can read about you and the tennant upstairs dying from
using the rigged oil furnace that the mason fixed while burning some
free used motor oil with gasoline and everything else in the world
mixed in with it. Lady, between you, the landlord and this mason hack,
you all sound like the cheapest bunch of gypsies on the planet.
"Free Oil" ! That is a riot.
Turn it back on and add more oil. They are supposed to smoke. Dont
have someone come out and look at it. That would be a waste of money.
See if your brothers sisters uncles half step sons retarted step child
can come take a look at it for you. Im sure he will fix er up real
good and you'll have saved a bunch of money and killed yourself and
the rest of your family in the process while you sleep. Then all will
be well again.
hi, thanks for all of your posts. I have already told my landlord. They are
going to try to fix it Sunday, after they go to the parts store to get some
supplies like a nozzle and filter. In the meantime, we have the furnace for
the second floor off. My furnace for the first floor works fine, so this
should be enough to heat the second floor apartment as well for the time
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