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Old 03-24-2013, 11:46 PM
Mad_Professor Mad_Professor is offline
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Default Oil burner tuneup

Anybody do their own?

Seems like changing the filter, screen on the pump, and nozzle. Then bleeding out the air at the pump. All fairly simple, from what I have read up on, and less than $20 in parts.

Just wondering, as I use oil as a backup for when I can't be around to stoke the wood stove, and seems burner techs get quite a bit of $$$ for "tune ups".

Anything else they do ? Maybe clean out some soot if present?
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:40 AM
askew askew is offline
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I have an old Coleman pot burner oil stove in the shop. No pump or such, but carbon/soot has to be removed. They burn far better with the gook out of them. It can be messy but well worth the time to clean it out.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:05 PM
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  1. Clean fire tubes/cast passageways
  2. Change oil tank filter
  3. Change pump screen
  4. Change burner nozzle
  5. Check/change/adjust ignitors
  6. Adjust primary burner air shutter
  7. Check/adjust barometric damper
  8. Check/adjust auto water feed (if boiler)
  9. Check circulator, zone valve operation (if boiler)
  10. Check thermostat(s)
  11. Get customer signature
  12. Wait for payment

Of course, not every serviceman is conscientous all the time. There are busy times, yanno?
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